Moving from 5th to 2nd

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  1. Bumble

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    Greetings all! I just found out that my transfer to another school went through and I will be teaching 2nd grade! I will have 19 students. We start September 7. I've only taught 4th and 5th before. I don't know what is too babyish. These are some of my ideas, but can eliminate them if they're not appropriate.

    -Class meeting/calender every morning
    -Reading circles on the carpet with big books.
    -Homework packets
    -Songs for procedures, like lining up.
    -Cursive handwriting (I was so annoyed when my 4th/5th graders couldn't read cursive writing!)
    -Dancing

    Thank you!
     
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  3. Ilovesummer

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    I moved from 4th to 2nd a few years ago. I love both!

    In my room, we do a class meeting/calendar every morning - it's actually part of our math curriculum (Saxon).

    We do not do carpet time in my room, but that's mostly due to a lack of space. I think I might try it if I had more room.

    I give nightly homework, although in the past I have done homework packets.

    Songs for procedures are great for 2nd graders.

    I intro cursive at the very end of the year, but it's mostly taught in 3rd grade at my school.

    You'll probably find that some classes love to dance and sing and others don't. The class I had last year hated to sing. I teach in a Christian school, and 2-3 times a year the class has to sing in church. It was like pulling teeth to get them to sing when we were practicing the songs in class last year. So far, this year's class seems to like singing better.

    Good luck!
     
  4. Bumble

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    Thank you so much! I think I'm going to love 2nd grade. No state testing!
     
  5. queenie

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    I moved from 5th to 2nd a few years ago and now I don't want to ever leave 2nd grade =)

    The most difficult thing about it for me was realizing that these guys are seriously clueless! :lol: When I first started I didn't realize how much I had to explain simple things- never take anything for granted. They usually won't let you know when they don't know what in the world you're talking about!

    I think all the things you mentioned are appropriate for second grade. Having said that, the only thing you listed that I do is Cursive. It is mandated that we begin on February 1. No kidding.

    I don't do calendar/circle time at all. I start every morning with "morning work" (daily language) and every afternoon with a "bell ringer" (daily math). I refer to the calendar as it comes up in conversation, but don't have a scheduled time for it since they've been doing that for two years by the time they get to me.

    I don't do carpet time with big books because I don't have space in my room and because I have an Elmo- so I just put a regular book on there and project it for everyone to see.

    I don't send homework packets because I'm too lazy :lol: I send homework only occasionally. I've found that the kids who really need the most help with homework often don't get it and if they are responsible enough to do it and bring it back, they sometimes practice it WRONG. Ugh. Arguments can be made both ways, but I personally don't see much benefit in a lot of homework. HOWEVER, they are definitely capable of it and a homework packet would be a good idea if you're willing to do the planning/grading & keeping up with it!

    I don't do songs for lining up, but I think the kids would like it! I use songs for other things and they seem to [mostly] enjoy it!

    We do have a few dances we do, I guess. Like the months macarena :p

    You will LOVE second grade :thumb:
     
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    I don't sing or dance. It's not my thing. But I will play music if it makes sense to do it. We just did taste, and They Might Be Giants has a song called Supertaster. I play Walk Like an Egyptian when we do our Egypt unit, and I play soothing music sometimes during writing as a cue that it's a silent writing time.

    I don't do big books. I think the kids might like them once in awhile, but most of my class already reads chapter books. Lower level like Magic Tree House all the way up to Little House on the Praire. I do put informational books to read together, and Rime for Kids under the projector to read as a class.

    Hope it's been going smoothly!
     
  7. YoungTeacherGuy

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    1. We have "Calendar Time" every single day. We practice the following things during our calendar block of time: counting, money, time, even/odd numbers, geometric shapes, and a couple other things.
    2. I don't use big books; however, I do have read alouds on the carpet.
    3. We have a clean-up song, but not a lining up song.
    4. I normally don't have time to teach cursive during the school year until after CA state testing. Once testing is over, I start teaching cursive writing and the kids LOVE it!!!
    5. Dancing? Yes--almost every single day. I play music, we dance around for a few minutes, and have fun. Then, it's back to work.

    I wish you the very best with your 2nd graders! I love this age group--they're so eager to please and they truly love being at school! Good luck!!! :D
     

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