We, as members of the second grade teaching team, are proud of the fact that we all work together well, and also have a common goal in mind- - success for our students in learning and life skills.
In our classes of very diverse second graders, we attempt to instill the 3B's (Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe) as well as class unity and understanding of others' differences and strenghts.
We are using a Language Arts/Reading series by Benchmark. Reading will focus primarily on comprehension, decoding, fluency, and vocabulary. Students are grouped according to their skill level of reading proficiency, with each teacher having a group of students with similar reading skills. We accomplish this by having groups rotate on a regular basis throughout the year, known to us as "Reading Workshop."
We attempt to strengthen writing skills by providing writing opportunities in the classroom and at home.
Our Go Math series is a standards based program that helps prepare our second graders for use of problem solving skills, from knowing number sense to place value, regrouping in addition and subtraction, shapes, graphing, time and money.
We also team teach P.E. and we give students plenty of opportunity to express their creativity through regular art activities.