5th grade is a milestone year.  It’s a school year that will be one of your most memorable because of so many “firsts”….first locker, first time changing classes between two teachers, Honor Roll recognition, band…but it’s also a challenging year.  A lot more will be expected of you this year because you’re ready for it.  It’s normal to be overwhelmed with all the new responsibilities that come with being in the upper grades.

With that in mind, I’d like to share with you….


Mr. Taylor’s 10 Habits of Highly Effective 5th Grader

1.  Know your multiplication facts by memory. This means no counting.  If you don’t have them committed to memory, memorize them immediately.  You will be at a disadvantage if you have to stop and count whenever you need to know what 7 x 8 is during the middle of a math problem.  If you have to count (AT ALL), you don’t have them memorized. Play Reflex Math and Multiplication War whenever you can!

2.  Keep an open mind. Maybe Science wasn’t your favorite subject last year, or Math wasn’t your “thing”.  You never know…things may be different this year!

3.  Be patient. 5th grade is challenging…in a lot of ways.  Not only will you be learning new information, but you will have the added responsibility of having a locker, two new teachers, and all the other changes 5th grade will bring.

4.  Be organized.  You no longer have your belongings stored in your classroom.  That means that you will have to remember to bring in all your materials.  You can do it!  You are, after all, one of the “big kids” now!

5.  Give your very best every day! I take teaching very seriously:  I arrive early and even take work home because I want you to have the very best teacher you can have.  I expect you give your very best also!  Don’t do anything halfway!

6.  Forget about the past! Okay, don’t forget about all you’ve learned…that wouldn’t be very good, but one of the great things about the start of a new school year is getting a fresh start!  You have a clean slate!  Maybe you were the kid who didn’t always do homework last year…or you didn’t control your behavior like you should have.  Maybe you did just fine last year, but know you could have done even better.  This can be your year to shine!  It’s completely up to you!

7.  Use your binder! I know that seems like a “no-brainer”, but you would not believe how many kids don’t put their papers in their binders.  Then, when Mr. Taylor says, “Take out the worksheet we did last week.” or “Take out your Math homework, please.” these same kids can’t find it, or left it in their lockers…oops!  Your binder is your best friend in 5th grade…be kind to it!

8.  Use your time wisely! Kids who use their time wisely at school have less homework to do when they get home.  This includes managing your time outside of school, too.  My kids had very full schedules when they were 5th graders (several different sports, music lessons, etc.).  Sometimes they had to do homework on the way to practice, or right when they came in from school because they knew they had an activity that night.  Don’t waste a single minute…

9.  Be faithful about using your agenda. Writing down your assignments each day is a habit that will help you all the way through college!  If you ever got home and then couldn’t remember what your homework was, then you already know what I’m talking about!

10.  Be yourself!!!! I can’t wait to spend this year with you, and get to know all of you better.  I am a better teacher when I let my personality shine through, and you will be able to learn better if you can relax and be yourself, also.  This happens best when everyone follows the classroom rules for behavior.  Get ready for a great year!!!!!