The third grade teachers put a lot of emphasis on creating self-directed learners in the classroom. Building a desire to be lifelong learners is also a priority for the third grade teachers. Mrs. Uyesato hopes to have students reading and writing daily in order to become stronger at communicating in different ways. Mr. Uchino would like for students to not only memorize math facts, but to become “Math Masters” who truly understand each math concepts clearly. Overall, the third grade teaching team would like to see all the students feel excited about their curriculum and to strive to reach their maximum potentials as students.
The Momilani Grade 3 class is a very unique class due to the open room layout and simultaneous teaching that occurs. Students at Momilani are used to having more than one teacher throughout the course of the day and become very good at “switching gears” between their curriculum subjects. Both teachers teach a separate group of students in the classroom although there is no separating wall or partition between the two homerooms. The students learn to adapt to this open room structure and are very good at learning how to focus their attention where needed.
In terms of the third grade curriculum, the Grade 3 teachers truly feel that the third grade is a critical year in their elementary school careers. It’s considered a transition school year considering that it’s the first year that the students go from a 20 to 1 student/teacher ratio to a 30+ to 1 student/teacher ratio. With a total grade roster of over 60 students, there are many new challenges, experiences, and expectations that students face during the third grade year. In addition to the increased class size, the third grade year is also the first year for the students to participate in the standardized Hawaii State Assessments. Clearly, the third grade year is an exciting and critical year for the students.
Mr. Uchino has been teaching at Momilani Elementary School since 2007. He was born and raised in Southern California, where he received his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Social Studies with a Minor in Educational Studies from the University of California at Irvine. After working full time in the service industry as a manager, and for a Japanese Automotive Parts Manufacturer for a number of years, he returned to the California State University at Fullerton for an Elementary Education Teaching Credential. To further his educational credentials as a beginning teacher, Mr. Uchino received his Masters of Education Degree in Educational Technology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Currently, he oversees the math instruction for the Grade 3 students, and enjoys teaching his students how to practice and master their multiplication and division facts. As a "coach," Mr. Uchino can be found after school coaching students in their math skills during math tutoring sessions, or running drills with his dedicated Fit Factory members during their weekly meetings. Mr. Uchino has a passion for learning and believes that everyone has potential to become lifelong learners.
I’ve been at Momilani Elementary since 1990. I’ve taught grades 1, 2, 3, and 5 while at Momilani. Before teaching at Momilani, I taught 4 year old preschoolers for 2 years and 4th, 5th, and 6th graders at Waianae Elem. School for 4 years. I have an Assoc. of Arts degree from Leeward Community College, a Bachelor’s degree, and a Professional Diploma in Elem. Education from UH-Manoa. I enjoy teaching reading and writing. It brings me joy when a child says they love reading and they have a positive attitude and commitment to read a variety of genres daily. I teach four types of writing – narrative, expository, descriptive, and persuasive. The students go through a complete writing process of brainstorm webs, power outlines, power sentences, drafts, and then final drafts. In third grade, the character traits are emphasized-responsibility, perseverance, cooperation, and empathy. My motto is, “You can do it, if you set your mind to it! Believe, Achieve, Succeed.