Mrs. Schwaner's 3-4 Class 

About the Teacher


Hello! My name is Lacey Schwaner. I am the third and fourth grade teacher at Whiting Elementary School. I have had the great opportunity to teach in Whiting for five years. 

Over the past five years, I have organized and implemented a school/community garden, started a school composting initiative, and coach an after school 3rd-6th grade wellness and running group (through the organization Girls on the Run). Please navigate through the links to the left to explore the fun and exciting happenings in the 3-4 classroom!


Class Norms/Expectations (student created)
I will help my classmates learn by:
  1. being quiet during work time
  2. not distracting others with noises or movements
  3. raising my hand and not shouting out
  4. giving everyone enough think time
  5. being nice
  6. filling people’s buckets with kind words and actions
  7. sharing
  8. helping students and teachers
  9. listening when others are speaking
  10. doing my own thinking
  11. helping clean up the classroom
  12. being safe with my words and my body
By following these class norms, I will also help myself to be a better learner.
...and signed by all of Ms. Smith's Grade 2-3

Responsive Classroom
Six Key Components of the Responsive Classroom

The Responsive Classroom is based on sound principles of Child Development theory and on a commitment to teach the social skills of CARES: Cooperation, Assertion, Responsibility, Empathy, and Self-control.
  • Morning Meeting which provides students daily opportunity to practice greetings, conversation, and activities and motivates them to meet the academic challenges of the day ahead
  • Rules and Logical Consequences, which are generated, modeled, and role-played with students, and become a cornerstone of classroom life
  • Guided Discovery of learning materials, areas of the room, and routines—this is a technique that moves students through a deliberate and careful introduction to new experiences; there is no assumption that students already know how to do something before they begin
  • Classroom Organization that provides active interest areas for students, space for student-created displays of work, and an appropriate mix of whole-class, group, and individual instruction
  • Academic Choice for all students every day, in which they must take control of their own learning in a meaningful way, both individually and cooperatively
  • Assessment and Reporting to parents, an evolving process of mutual communication and understanding