Welcome to Mr. Neil Kennerk’s room!
As an educator, I have been teaching in elementary schools for 16 years. I believe in meeting students where they are as learners, and in understanding the unique learning style of each student in order to set them up for success. I want my students to be enthusiastic learners – enthusiasm is the flame for self-direction, and that is the light of life-long learning.
I am a farmer, an artist, a backpacker, a joke-teller (good and bad), and a philosopher. I am a father/stepfather of 4 children with my wife Jennifer. Arwen-15; Harper-13; Violet 10; Moses-6. We are all so happy to return to Life on the peninsula. There is no other place like it! Look for us in town, on the beaches or trails, and in the overall spirit of the community.
Welcome to the 1-2 class:
Each day, Mr. Kennerk comes to the students completely prepared for the day. “We come in each morning and have our circle work and ceremony. This consists of remembering the content from the day before, i.e. stories, math, word stories. Every now and again I ask them open-ended questions. I use the singing bowl to start and end our day. Then, I read to them. We have been reading My Father’s Dragon and are on the third book in the series. Students then have their morning special. When they return, we have a snack and then begin our literacy block. This 105-minute block includes 15 minutes of movement focusing on body geography, crossing the vertical and horizontal midline, associating movement to vowel phonics, as well as visual and auditory movements to bring them into a more present state. After this, the class breaks into three groups and will rotate between three stations: Mrs. Thoner carries one of the stations and focuses on Leveled Literacy Intervention, I work on writing with students which now consists of handwriting and capital letter formation, handwriting, encoding, sentence structure, and spelling. The third group is a silent, independent reading group. After that, the students go to lunch and recess. They return for a quick social studies/science class
NEWS FROM Mr.Kennerk
Hello All, Congratulations to the Eaton family on their latest arrival! I saw her yesterday…so precious! Writing Due to the sicknesses and a snow day, we are just polishing up our autobiographical publications, and they should be coming home soon. Otherwise, we have...read more