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Room 504

Courtney Corkery and Marissa Ware

Home of the 3rd Grade Superstars

Welcome to Room 504 - 3rd Grade




"Kind people are brave people. Because brave is not a feeling that you should wait for. It is a decision. It is a decision that compassion is more important than fear, than fitting in, than following the crowd."

Last year, I implemented 1 rule in my classroom: BE BRAVE. I wish I could put into words how powerful this rule has been in my class, but really there is no way to for me to articulate it. BE BRAVE is the perfect theme, motto or “rule” for any class. It helps with:

  • friendships
  • tying shoes
  • monkey bars
  • missing Mom
  • figuring out tricky words
  • taking risks
  • etc.

The message of BE BRAVE is one that also resonates for us adults:

  • Be brave on the first day of school as you drop your child off for their first day.
  • Be brave as your child makes mistakes that you hoped they would not make but realize that these mistakes are where meaningful learning occurs.
  • Be brave and trust that your child’s teacher is a professional who has your child’s best interests at heart.
  • Be brave and be an active participant and partner in the exciting journey that will be the 2015-16 school year.

Christopher Robin may have said it best when he told his honey loving friend: “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think”.

BE BRAVE is exactly the type of attitude needed for young kids. Every day they are faced with challenges as they grow up into this big world, problem solving and collaborating along the way. If I can teach them one thing this year it would be to BE BRAVE.

"Nobody can do everything, but everybody can do something."

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