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My name is Michelle Cook. My husband, Andrew, and I are originally from Southern Illinois, but moved to Clarksville in 2013. I graduated from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale with my Bachelors in Science in Elementary Education with concentrations in RLA and Social Sciences. I am currently pursuing my Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction as a Reading Specialist, as well as my Masters in Educational Leadership. My goal is to one day be an administrator. This is my first year teaching fifth grade. However, I taught fourth grade for six years prior to this year. I am so excited to be working with the kids at Oakland! Hoot! Hoot! It is my belief that ALL children can succeed if they are guided and given the love they need. Every day I tell my students to be problem solvers and never let anyone fall behind. It is going to be a great learning experience for all!
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Oakland uses a positive behavior matrix that promotes student awareness in expected behaviors.  This matrix can be seen in every room, throughout the building, is described in our school handbook located in the front of each student's provided OWL planner, and builds off our character trait acronym (WISDOM) banners handing from our foyer ceiling.  Each desired trait is broken down to identify school related desired behaviors to create student understanding and awareness of expectations.  These indicators are also linked to Class Dojo, which is used not only by teachers but throughout the entire building by special area teachers, special service providers, support staff, and administrators to provide consistency for our students and with parent communication.  The six overarching categories/character traits that student friendly indicators are broken down for on the visual matrix that students are taught about and expected to strive for are:

  • Work Ethic
  • Integrity
  • Self-discipline
  • Determination
  • Optimism
  • Motivation

Follow the link below to view the full "Dojo and Matrix Cheat Sheet".  This is designed to show the connection between the values on the matrix and the skills that are on Class Dojo.