Jason Benjamin Room 320
Hello! I am Jason Benjamin. I have taught for over 10 years at Burroughs. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in psychology. I later went back to the University of Minnesota to complete my masters in education and instruction. I am married and have two boys and one girl. I love teaching fifth grade.
Expectations of 5th grade - Room 320
- Work Hard - Effort creates ability. Working hard is a great 'habit of mind' that will carry you far in fifth grade and life.
- Have fun - 'Ya gotta have a little fun now and then!' and you can actually learn more when you and your classmates' are relaxed.
- Build relationships - Build positive relationships with as many classmates and adults as you can. We can go farther when we support each other and when we know we can trust one another to support us.
- Make mistakes - Although we think of mistakes as wrong, In this class we will mark your mistakes as learning steps. I encourage you to take risks and seek out information beyond what you think may or may not be right. To be right is hardly the end goal. Rather, the pursuit of greater understanding while exercising all of your options within a moral and ethical framework.
- Share - We can learn a lot more when we share our understanding with our fellow classmates, and the greater community.
- Choose your attitude - Make a conscious effort to come to school to work hard, be positive, and be helpful to your classmates and teachers.
- Be critical - We will learn the art of respectful critique, dialogue, and dialectics in our efforts to progress and get better.
- Organize - We will practice organizing everything: your books, homework, assignments, pencil boxes, time, a group of classmates and even your teacher if possible. The more one is organized in the different facets of life, the greater the opportunities there will be.
- Go beyond the walls of the classroom - We have the unique opportunity to engage of an audience of over a million people and ask "What do you think of my work?" Wow! That is powerful. We also have the responsibility to engage our surrounding community with our thoughts, concerns and learning outside the walls of room 320.
- Be independent - Being independent is fun and exciting, but with it comes responsibility that you need to demonstrate to the wise adults around you.
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