Sunday, September 29, 2013

Hopes & Dreams

 Each year my students' create Hopes & Dreams for their year in 2nd grade. Throughout the year we reflect on our goals and our progress towards meeting them. I am looking forward to sharing my students' Hopes & Dreams during our upcoming goal setting conferences as it sets a positive focus for our meeting. From the start of the year I work hard to create an environment that reflects each learner, making them feel safe to take risks, try something new and grow in their learning. Children have an active roll in helping to create a productive, encouraging environment for each other and understand we have values & expectations to help meet our Hopes & Dreams. (See post below) The Responsive Classroom approach nicely encompasses my belief in the importance of social learning and environment created in the first few weeks of the new school year. You can learn more about RC here. 

Monday, September 9, 2013

Classroom Community-Back to school!

We have spent a great deal of time establishing our classroom community and getting to know each other. It is important that we feel safe and comfortable with each other... This allows us to take risks and put our best efforts into our learning. The social curriculum is as important as the academic! We have worked hard to make our classroom a place of respect, trust and fun and weave these concepts into our curriculum each and every day.

Next we will be creating individual hopes & dreams for our year together in 2nd grade. We talked about the importance of having classroom values to help us in accomplishing our goals and grow as learners.

We worked together to create classroom values and expectations. Rather than having many "rules" they really boil down to 3 main "values." The 3 B's-Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe. This year we added two more to make it the 5 B's: Be Creative, Be Prepared.  

We talked about what these three values meant, what they look and sound like and broke them down into language we developed to have ownership over them.  

Click on the picture below for this Freebie. What do you think is important in creating your classroom community? Hope you're off to a great year!