Below is a copy of the letter I sent home today. I will do my best to post pertinent information that was also sent home to you in your child's folder. Having open and constant communication is vitally important for the success your child has in Second Grade. Check back on Friday for some photos and updates from our first week!
I’m so excited to begin the year as your child’s Second Grade Teacher! My hope is that I can inspire each student so that he/she finds joy in the learning process. School should be a happy place where students feel comfortable to be themselves so that optimal learning can take place. Every child has a unique combination of talents as well as areas of needed growth. I am here to encourage each student to reach his or her potential and to improve in areas of need.
I will be incorporating a learning structure called ‘The Daily Five’ into our Reading Workshop. This is a flexible grouping of students who will work to improve in a specific area of Language Arts. The idea is that each lesson is tailored to fit each child’s need more specifically. I will post more information about this reading process on my website as the year progresses.
I am also implementing a behavior plan called Growth Mindset. It encourages positivity, effort and growth. Our behavior chart in the classroom will not be traditional in nature in that student’s names will not be displayed. Each student will choose a magnet with a unique design. As the year progresses, the children will understand that when their magnet is placed near a specific growth mindset, they will see how far they’ve come or need to go. Behavior management is personal for each student and I think the anonymity is helpful and perhaps, comforting. Enclosed, you will find more information about this behavior plan.
There will also be a Time In Corner, rather than a Time Out Corner. This is an area that will encourage a student to reflect on why a specific behavior is being displayed and what can he or she do to improve. There will be motivational books, posters, a cozy rug, pillows and a place to write and Make a Wish if the child chooses to do so. (Your child will be able to tell you more about this.) Children are motivated to improve and change disruptive behavior when they feel understood and confident.
Since most of the daily information you need to know is provided for you on my website, I did not send everything home to you in this folder. I know how quickly piles of paper accumulate and I don’t want to overwhelm you. As information becomes available to me, I will post it on my website as quickly as possible.
For special events, happenings and other important information, I will continue to send home these notices and updates in your child’s folder. For the day to day happenings, such as the schedule for specials, daily classroom schedule, homework policy, etc., please refer to my website. If you don’t have access to a computer or would rather have this information provided in a hard copy, please let me know and I will be more than happy to send it home in your child’s folder.
I want to remind everyone that the beginning of the school year is a crucial and important time to implement procedures and routines. If these are not executed properly and consistently, optimal learning will not take place. Therefore, much of the ‘content’ for the first weeks of school will be review in nature so that the students are spending more time learning procedures. I assure you that as the year progresses, each student will be challenged accordingly in all areas of academics. A great variety of books, both leveled and non-leveled, will be available to all students. I will have chapter books, middle grade novels, easy readers, early chapter books with a variety of themes and genres available for every student.
Again, please refer to our class website at http://juliequinnrsd6.weebly.com/
It can also be located on the schools’ webpage at http://gcs.rsd6.org/ listed under ‘For Staff’ and ‘Staff Webpages.’ I will update it weekly so please check back often.
I look forward to getting to know you and your child. Please feel free to contact me with any questions and concerns.