Welcome to the Lake Harriet Lower Campus website. My name is Susan Saly and I teach 3rd Grade. I enjoy learning and growing with my wonderful 3rd grade students everyday.
I received my Bachelor of Applied Sciences, Kindergarten/Elementary Education from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. While teaching in Brownsville, Texas, I received my E.S.L. certification from Pan American University, now University of Texas-Brownsville. I received my Master of Arts from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Some of my interests include being with my family and my two children at their school events. I also enjoy art, skiing, soccer, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, snorkeling, horses, travel, walking my dog, and making jewelry.
During the school day, students will work on problem solving, reasoning, and sustained effort. Students practice the skills of intelligent thinking. For example, here are 10 Principles that help guide our math instruction:
1. Build from intuitive knowledge
2. Establish a strong number sense through counting, estimating, use of benchmarks, mental computaion skills, and understanding the effects of operations.
3. Base instruction on situational story problems.
4. Use manipulatives and other representations to represent the problem situation; then link concrete and symbolic representations.
5. Require students to describe and justify their mathematical thinking.
6. Accept multiple correct solutions and when appropriate, more than one right answer.
7. Use a variety of teaching strategies.
8. Balance conceptual and procedural learning.
9. Use ongoing and new types of assessment to guide learning.
10. Adjust the curriculum timeline.
In Science, we conduct hands-on experiments to learn science concepts. We use our science journals to record all our wonderings, observations, data, and learning. Students start with a guiding question, make a prediction, set up and conduct a controlled experiment, gather and record data and observations, draw conclusions, and adjust their initial predictions.
Thus, my classroom practice in Math, Science, Social Studies, and English Language Arts holds students accountable for using learning, problem solving, and helping strategies. Students actively analyze problems, ask questions, and get information. In summary, students are expected to "do and make things work better" and to "do better than before."
Have a great day! Keep learning and growing!
Editing challenge! Students, did you catch typos? Come see me for your wonderful editing and receive an editing reward! Remember! Always edit, students!