3rd Grade

Parents of 3rd Grade,

Third grade is a year in which students are challenged with many new responsibilities as well as extra-curricular activities.  Also, the 3rd grade year introduces the student to the intermediate grades and new expectations.  Ultimately by middle school multiple teachers, greater independence, and self-monitoring is assumed.   Toward that end, many experiences that will be happening in 3rd grade may be different than in the past years, and adjusting to these new expectations may take several weeks to more than a month, or most of the year.

231I believe that my job as your child’s teacher is to assist you in the education of your child so that each student can reach his/her potential in all aspects of life.  I feel that work, laughter, praise, fun, understanding and self-discipline are all key components for the learning process.

Student success is the primary focus of education. My teaching style embodies the role of facilitator for student success. I model an enthusiastic approach to learning, creating lessons that present information in a way that students will successfully comprehend. I believe this style of teaching creates excitement on the student’s part and encourages them to become engaged in the learning process. I strive to remain a strong source of nurturing support for my students, encouraging them to always do their best. By taking the time to get to know my students and their learning styles, I am able to connect with my students and help them grow into successful learners.

In the end, my ultimate goal as an educator is to provide my students with high quality instruction that meets their individual learning needs while creating an inspiring and equal learning environment in which students feel safe and eager to learn.

My goals for the third grade year are:

1.To teach students the fundamental skills that are essential for them to know in order to perform well at their age level and in later years.  This includes challenging them with higher-level thinking skills, problem solving, and integrating technology into the curriculum.

2. To maintain a feeling of well-being within each child and to work at building self-esteem, using appropriate behavior and manners in the classroom.

3. To increase the students’ self-reliance, independence, and responsibility incorporating study skills, organizational tools, and appropriate consequences when needed.

231I would encourage you to speak with your child about the experiences we have in the classroom and to ask about what we do here educationally.  If at any time you wish to speak with me or have questions about anything, please feel free to write a note, leave a message, email, or call to set up a time to talk.  I look forward to a great year together.


Allison Decman

Allison Decman

Third Grade
B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Northern Illinois University
Illinois Teaching Certificate in Early Childhood Education
M.A. in Reading and Literature from Walden University

Email: allison.decman@keithschool.net
(815)399-8850 Ext. 151

Allison joined the Keith lower school faculty in 2010 with more than 10 years of classroom and community education experience. She has a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Northern Illinois University and a M.A. in Reading and Literature through Walden University. Throughout her career, Allison has taught several different grade levels and is well-versed in designing creative lesson plans that accommodate multiple intelligences. In addition to working as a classroom teacher, Allison has also worked as an administrator at Argyle Preschool and at the Sylvan Learning Center.