I love my students! Our classroom is a small world where students from many cultures and backgrounds come together to learn and be a community. We work hard to be inclusive.
Second and third grader's are naturally curious and are constantly asking "why?" My standard response to many of these questions is, "What do you think?
How can you find out?" We reserve time each week to dive into discovery.
Because our school is small, teachers are occasionally called upon to teach a class with two grades. While this is challenging, in our standards based world, there is an upside. It really forces the teacher to think about how to implement project based learning so that all of the students can dive into inquiry and access material at their own, developmental level.
The first thing my students do everyday when they enter the classroom is to look at their sprouting plants. We've tried growing many things over the course of the year to varying degrees of success. Unfortunately, our classroom is located on the north side of our building. Several of my students have wisely surmised that, "Our plants would grow better if they had more light." We would like to try growing plants, other than beans (no offense legumes), and see what happens when all the growing conditions are met. Having a grow lamp would go a long way toward making everything come together.
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