My students need hands-on materials that will continue to make learning fun and engaging: wobble cushions, Play-Doh, labels, and Velcro dots!
Teaching second grade students is one of the most rewarding teaching experiences I've had. My seven and eight-year-old students are at a fantastic stage in their lives where they come to school each day excited to learn and ready for a new adventure.
Sometimes learning can be a little difficult for some of my students, but I love the optimism my students bring to the classroom every day.
They are eager to help one another and are not afraid to make mistakes!
The objective of my project is twofold. One, to help students foster a growth mindset in both mathematics and language arts. To do so, I will be teaching students about growth and fixed mindsets, a term coined by Carol Dweck, Ph. D in her book, Mindset. Through a series of mini-lessons about how the brain learns, perseverance, and maintaining a growth mindset, I expect to help my students foster a growth mindset throughout our school year!
Using the Play-Doh, students will build mini-models of our brain.
Next, students will use the self-adhesive labels to create a diagram of the brain and some of its functions. Finally, I will be using the Velcro dots to post mini-notes on students’ desks to encourage perseverance when faced with challenging tasks throughout the school year.
Second, as a teacher, I hope to create a learning environment in my class that gives all children the best learning experiences possible. Part of this is by equipping some of my students with a safe way to channel some of the extra energy they are unable to control in class. I believe that by providing these students with a little more mobility and allowing them to move around freely without falling out of their chairs or creating a distraction for other children, they will have a better opportunity to maintain focus in class and continue to persevere academically. My students with a little extra energy will be using the Trideer Inflated Stability Wobble Cushions as a safe way to channel some of the extra energy.
|Trideer Inflated Stability Wobble Cushion with Pump, Extra Thick Core Balance Disc, KIDS Wiggle Seat, Sensory Cushion for Elementary School Chair (Office & Home & Classroom) • Amazon Business||$16.99||5||$84.95|
|Play-Doh Modeling Compound 36-Pack Case of Colors, Non-Toxic, Assorted Colors, 3-Ounce Cans, Ages 2 and up, (Amazon Exclusive) • Amazon Business||$24.99||2||$49.98|
|Play-Doh Modeling Compound 10-Pack Case of Colors, Non-Toxic, Assorted Colors, 2-Ounce Cans, Ages 2 and up, (Amazon Exclusive) • Amazon Business||$7.99||3||$23.97|
|Premium Life White Self Adhesive Labels 2 X 4 (Word Size) Pack/100 Sheets 10-up 1000 Labels • Amazon Business||$10.99||1||$10.99|
|Vkey 500pcs (250 Pair Sets) 3/4" Diameter Sticky Back Coins Hook & Loop Self Adhesive Dots (250pairs/Black) • Amazon Business||$8.99||1||$8.99|
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