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Welcome to Mrs. Nagdev's fourth grade class.  I try to keep all pertinent information including daily agendas, team teacher information, enrichment activities, assignments and all details needed for academic success in fourth grade on my website!  I will always send out a separate email if there is a reminder needed for a big event, assignment or activity.  However, if you would like to be alerted to any change or update made on this website, you can choose to subscribe to my webpage.  All school supplies have been provided by our amazing PTA, so your child only needs to show up with a snack for the first day of school.  I look forward to having a great year with your kids, thank you for entrusting them to me!


A Bit About Your New Teacher...


Hi there!  I can't wait to meet with everyone and get to know you personally.  This is my third year teaching at Silver Spur and my sixth year teaching math for PVPUSD.  I love both math and fourth grade - and I hope that your children will benefit from this passion!  Our math program is interactive and truly involves all the kids at their level.  The expectations for student work and independence helps students to better prepare for middle school and future success.  


Although I spent most of my twenties in other industries, I feel like I have always been a teacher, I just realized this calling later in life.  I received my B.A. undergraduate degree with Antioch University with a focus in Non-Profit Management in Urban Communities.  I worked in both the public and private sectors for several years before completing my teaching credential with California State University Dominguez Hills in 2009.  As a new teacher, I worked with early primary-aged children at Manhattan Beach Unified School District.  I also worked as an Intensive Behavior Interventionist and am trained in ABA practices, and feel that these skills greatly aid all my students.


I am a mother of two beautiful fourth graders.  That’s right – my own children (twins), will also be in fourth grade this year.  WEIRD!  Last year they transferred from Redondo Beach and joined us at Silver Spur after we moved into the community.  I am always bouncing ideas, projects and activities off of them to measure their interest and engagement and see what works.  I am not sure if they are going to love this year…or wish they had stayed at their old school.  Their mom is known to wear strange wigs, or shout at kids on the playground, (the things of fourth grade nightmares).  They have insisted on me adding an “embarrassment jar" to the classroom where I will add a quarter if I say anything to my classroom which could embarrass them.  I think I might go broke. 


I was born and raised in El Segundo and I love every moment of raising my kids at the beach  in an area where we are surrounded by such beauty and community everyday.  I am a fearless fighter for social justice and this theme plays throughout every aspect of my life.  I hope to inspire your kids to also find this theme as virtuous and add it to their knapsacks of future pursuits.  I will do my best to create a community where students feel comfortable and empowered to take chances and grow through their academic endeavors.


Let's go fourth grade class of 2020!  I can't wait to get started!


My beautiful family

General Overview of our Operations
Pilot CumminsMrs. Cummins is my co-teacher and your child will be flying the friendly skies when they visit Room 18 for Reading and Social Studies along the Cummins Airways six times a week.  She is an experienced literacy coach with more than twenty years teaching.  Students receive both science and social studies lessons twice each week.   Mrs. Cummins uses high interest literature and reading groups as means to engage and guide her teaching.
My math pages include extra practice, extra credit opportunities, and helper videos to assist students through each chapter.  My science pages operate in the same way.  I LOVE "outside the box" and hands-on learning for both math and science so I create activities with this in mind.  I am also very interested in brain-based learning theories so I try to incorporate activities like "mindful minutes" and observation into learning and behavior management.  Students in my classes will keep a spiral notebook in all subject areas.  I utilize technologies offered by the District and train students on our Microsoft 365 system (online cloud interface including word processing, teams applications and communication software), along with proper forms of communication online in an academic setting.  I want to keep skills relevant without relaying upon technology as a sole source for engagement as kids get enough screen time at home.  Students will need to access my web-page for video tutorials, homework assignments or to practice on Kahn Academy (delivered in similar style to our curriculum) or IXL (math drills).  Students will take a weekly spelling test, have a monthly letter writing assignment, and a bi-weekly Hot Topic assignment to work on presenting skills and oral language. Each trimester they will be assigned academic papers to write following workshop style of writing lessons.  This sounds like a lot - but I try to limit homework.  It is my sincere thought that any homework assignment should take them less than 15-20 minutes a night per subject area.  With less than a total of 40 minutes per evening of total homework.  
Please feel free to peruse my pages and bring any questions to our Back to School Night slated for September 12th, time to be announced.  Expectations for fourth grade are really to focus in on independence and what I consider "outside the box" critical thinking.  In earlier grades they have learned to pull information from books and online resources, write their answers in complete sentences and deliver information.  For Fourth grade I want them to explore different theories, research different viewpoints, decipher what the information means and display that not only do they understand, but that they can present the information with their own lens supported by research!  CRITICAL THINKING!