A Second Grade Teachers Wish List: Special Important Items
My students need a few items that were not included in my classroom order. These items are crucial to my curriculum and would greatly enhance their learning including a jumbo money set, headphones and writing dictionaries.
My students attend one of the lowest ranking schools in New Jersey. In any high poverty area, student achievement is a major concern. At my school, very few pass national tests with proficiency, while many struggle to read. Ninety percent of the students in my school receive free or reduced price lunch.
In my classroom, despite their hardships, the students are eager to learn and enjoy opportunities to show their progress.
They deserve the best education can offer in preparation for their futures. They are eager learners with big hearts and curious minds.
After teaching second grade for several years I think I finally have a handle on what motivates second graders, how to scaffold my instruction, and what materials work vs. those that do not. I am confident the items I selected will impact my writing, math and technology lessons. The items I have included will solve a few of the problems I have noticed, enhance their learning, and in some cases my classroom climate.
I am confident the three items I selected will greatly impact my writing, math and technology lessons and solve common problems I encountered in my prior experience.
For example, during writing I encourage my students to try their best when spelling unknown words using the sounds and stretching it out. Certain words, however, come up in writing pieces frequently such as question words, names of important places, family words etc. I believe the dictionaries will help them spell these words correctly and organize them in a way they can easily find them. My hope is that these dictionaries will break bad habits and increase the number of common words they can spell correctly.
Also on my list is are a set of 25 headphones. Our classroom has Chromebooks which are an incredible asset. Students were distracted last year however when they overheard the computers around them during phonetic programs where careful listening is essential. I'm positive a quiet learning climate will help my students to focus. Lastly, I included jumbo magnetic money. I currently have magnetic money, however they are the actual size of coins and too small to identify when the students are on the rug. You would be surprised how challenging it is for young learners to identify coins. These jumbo coins will certainly help to solve this issue.
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