My name is Mrs. Alison O'Connor. I am honored to be teaching 1st grade at Southwest School this year. I am truly passionate about teaching young children. The first goal I have at the start of each school year is to develop a culture in our classroom in which each child feels loved, accepted and celebrated.
LOVE: My students feel loved when I show interest in what they are doing both inside and outside of the classroom. Students are frequently taught in small groups throughout the school day. One benefit to small group instruction is that my students and I connect on a deeper level. When we're not at school, I hope to see your little dancer, gymnast, athlete, artist, musician, or park enthusiast at a local sporting event, recital or neighborhood park.
ACCEPTANCE: My students feel accepted when they are given frequent positive praise with our sparkly pom-pom "Warm Fuzzies". Students collect their warm fuzzies and trade them in for fun incentive coupons at the end of each week. When a mistake is made, students say, "It's cool" with a thumbs up gesture. "It's cool" lets students know they are accepted in the classroom regardless of correct or incorrect answers.
CELEBRATION: My students celebrate each other throughout the day with fun cheers. Don't be surprised if you start hearing your child singing and dancing to some of our favorite cheers at home like the Mirror Cheer: "Mm, mm, mm! Looking good!" (Cheered while we draw a pretend mirror in the air) and the Disco Cheer: "That's the way, uh-huh, uh-hu, we like it!" (Sung while we disco of course!)
Mrs. Alison O'Connor