Harriss (5)



Introductions First!

A little about myself- I was born and raised in Duluth, MN. I spent most of my childhood outdoors; climbing trees, fishing, and swimming. In elementary school I developed a love for hockey, baseball and chess. As I grew older I became an avid cyclist and singer. My interest in academics came to me in high school, mostly due to the influence of one teacher, Mr. Robert Burroughs. I am a graduate of the U of M and Augsburg College. I have been teaching in MPS since 1996.


As a teacher I believe that building relationships and community is essential to learning. I will spend a lot of time telling the students my stories and inviting them to tell their stories. Students will be expected to talk to each other, share ideas and work with partners. Most of my grouping is done randomly to encourage unity.

Second Quarter Daily Schedule:

9:40  Morning Circle

10:00  Math

11:10 BASE (enrichment or re-teaching)

11:40 Recess

12:00 Lunch

12:20 Reading/Writing

2:20 Specialist Class- Art

3:15 Social Studies/Science

4:05 Lockers

Second Quarter Highlights

Math- Fractions, Fractions, Fractions!

          Students will create and use equivalent fractions, mixed numbers and improper fractions. Students will compare and order fractions. Students will find lowest common denominators and add

          and subtract fractions. Completion date- around December 16.

ELA- United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)

         Students are studying human rights, writing persuasive papers and making persuasive speeches. The speeches will be presented in class on December 1 & 2.

B.A.S.E. (Building-wide Academic Support and Enrichment)

         Students spread out to many classrooms. In my room we are running a book club, reading Al Capone Does My Shirts, and answering level-one/ text-based questions while citing evidence.

Social Studies

          Students are studying the Age of Exploration. 


          Students will soon begin the study of simple machines.




4:07 Dismissal