I was asked to go back to second for a year. I have taught second for most of my teaching career so, I wasn't surprised when they asked. Now I have been trying to remember how I used to teach second grade....except this time, no desks and no grades, using rubrics and standards and my too small cubbies. I was beginning to wonder what I had gotten myself into.
But I have learned a few things....second graders are not that different from Kindergarteners. They like to move, they like to be silly and use their imaginations, they like hands on, and they LOVE to read. I don't think I have a single student, when given free reign of the library, doesn't love it. This breaks out in my classroom often.
|Seasons spinner....in 2nd and 3rd I have them label with the months for each season (it always surprises me how many do not know this.)|
I am still working on putting routines in place. It is taking longer than I wanted, but we have begun both Writers Workshop and Reading Workshop. I am using the Kindergarten programs I loved so much to set the routines and procedures. The work I am expecting from my second graders is, of course, much, much more....but the routines are the same and many of the skills are as well (just on a second grade reading level).
I think I have a couple of new ideas for keeping these kiddos (and myself) organized....so I am off on this beautiful Saturday morning to work in my room.