Greetings from Ms. Wright

Hello! My name is Ashley Wright and I will be student teaching in Ms. Layla’s classroom for the next 13 weeks.

I’m originally from Wentzville, Missouri but have lived in Columbia since 2012. I currently attend school at Westminster College in Fulton. This is the last semester of my undergrad and I will be graduating with my degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education in May.

When I’m not at school, I love to cook and try new restaurants. I have a new puppy named Zoe and my family has two other dogs, Holley and Brice. I also love to read and watch movies. Some of my favorites are Up, Mulan, and Despicable Me.

I’m very excited for the opportunity to work in Ms. Layla’s class this semester. So far I am enjoying learning about each student and I can’t wait to learn more about them as the year progresses. I know it’s going to be a great 13 weeks!


Thank You

Here is a big warm and fuzzy thank you for my class birthday gift! It was very thoughtful! Thank you also for the vegan cupcakes- we all enjoyed the treat!

Late Start Tomorrow January 7th

Tomorrow will be a late start day due to the extremely cold temperatures. Russell’s doors will open at 9:55 to start breakfast and students will be able to go to their classrooms at 10:00. Buses will run as usual-except 2 hours later. Adventure Club is cancelled. Dismissal times will not change.

Snacks Needed

We have snack each afternoon-please send an egg, dairy, and peanut free snack to school each month for your child to share with the class. We have 21 students. Here are some ideas of snacks to send.

Raisins and other dried fruit (not yogurt or milk-chocolate covered)

Gummy fruit snacks

Cereal (Cheerios, Alpha-bits, Cinnamon Toast CrunchChex, and many other milk/egg/peanut-free brands)

Regular salted pretzels, potato, or corn chips (without flavored coatings like cheddar, sour-cream and onion, honey-mustard, etc.)

Crackers (Wheat Thins, Ritz Crackers, many brands of saltines but some saltines are made with milk)

Graham crackers (Honey Maid, Country Fare and Hy-Vee Honey grahams)

Animal cookies/crackers (many brands are fine, some contain milk or egg)

Fresh fruit (apples, oranges, bananas, or washed berries)

Baby carrots or carrot sticks

Fresh fruits and veggies are appreciated. We do have limited fridge space to store these.

Thank you!

First Day Back

We had a wonderful first day back. It was great to reunite after our time apart. We are gradually working back into our routines and rebuilding our stamina for learning.
We enjoyed some allergen free cookies and a little celebration for our first day back as well as celebrating our student teacher, Ms. Wright’s first day.
We cleaned and tidied the classroom and made beautiful snowflakes to decorate the room.
It was wonderful to reconnect as well as building motivation for learning.







Teacher Inspiration~ Space for Mistakes

Right now I am all zenned out from my peaceful quiet winter break filled with tea, yoga, and good books. Also my cutie husband and furry friend. I thought a little inspiring blog post from this happy mental place was in order for my teacher friends.

I came across an interesting, thought provoking idea about mistakes.

“I actively train my students that when they make a mistake, they are to lift their arms in the air, smile, and say, “How fascinating!” It is only when we make mistakes that we can really begin to notice what needs attention.”

-Benjamin Zander, Conductor of the Boston Philharmonic and all around interesting guy

It’s fun to picture these accomplished musicians responding to their mistakes in such a way. It’s even more fun to think about my own students responding to their mistakes thus. How joyful our classroom would be!

I haven’t decided whether to teach this exact process to the kids or not. But I am so inspired to take this joyful approach to focusing on what needs attention.

So teacher friends, how can we adopt this enlightened approach to mistakes in our classrooms… Here’s my plan.

Smile and think “oh that’s fascinating” when I make my own mistakes.

Smile and think “oh that’s fascinating” when the kids do something that is not helpful before I respond to them. Consider what I can learn from their behavior before I act.

Be reflective on what daily classroom practices might discourage students from feeling neutral or even positive about their mistakes. Many educational traditions make students feel shame in make mistakes ( writing names on board, grading practice work, editing with red pens…)

Take steps to eliminate practices I find in my classroom that discourage mistake making.

Add purposeful classroom practices that encourage students to focus on and learn from mistakes. (More on this when I think of some.)

Create positive, reflective phrases or questions to say to students when they make a mistake. (Again, more on this to come.)

How do you handle mistakes? Please share and comment!

Sharing Activity

Our class will be having a special sharing activity on Wednesday, January 7th. Please help your child choose ONE item from home to bring to school and share with the class. This item may be a toy, photo, book…anything your child would like to share. The only exceptions would be play guns, swords or other items that represent violence and are not appropriate for school. Please also note that while we will do our best to take care of our items at school it is possible for things to get lost or broken so valuable or extra special items should remain at home. Thanks!


Winter Party

We had an amazingly fun Frozen party thanks to the planning and efforts of many, many parents! Thank you Sarah and Dana for organizing such a fun party that was inclusive of all children. Here are some pictures of the fun! Thank you to all who helped and attended!