The Fawns classroom

The Fawns class children range in age from 6 to 8. 

Creating a safe, supportive environment where every child is valued and respected is key to the success of the children in the Fawns’ classroom. The goals for the classroom during the first six weeks are to create a climate and tone of warmth and safety and establish expectations about the ways we will learn together.                                    

‘Morning Meeting’ is an essential part of the school day that allows the goals
 of the first six weeks to be accomplished and for the classroom community to grow. The purposes of Morning Meeting are many. It serves as a transition from home to school, helps children to feel welcome and known, sets the tone for the day, creates a climate of trust, increases students’ confidence and investment in learning, provides a meaningful context for teaching and practicing academic skills, encourages cooperation and inclusion, and improves children’s communication skills.

Morning Meeting consists of four parts:

1-Greeting     2-Sharing     3-Group Activity      4-Morning Message

Other steps to develop classroom community are creating hopes for the scho
ol year, and deciding as a  lass what rules are needed to have success as a c
ommunity of learn
ers to achieve their hopes for the school year. 
The C.A.R.E.S. traits are modeled and practiced. C.A.R.E.S is an acronym for cooperation, assertion, responsibility, empathy and self-control.


A bit about Mary:

Mary Haussner was born and raised in Grand Rapids, MN. She graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in Mass Communications and minor

 in Graphic Design. In 2006, She completed the Graduate Teaching Licensure Program at The College of St. Scholastica. In the fall of 2015, Mary earned a Master of Education from St. Scholastica. This is her sixth year teaching at GES. Outside of the classroom she enjoys spending time with her family, taking photographs, cross-country skiing, reading, and hiking.

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