New to second grade

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  1. Deeena

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    Hello,

    I will be teaching 2nd grade this school year after completing my first year in kindergarten. I was wondering if anyone could answer some of these questions:

    - What is your discipline plan?
    - How do you manage papers/homework?
    - What is your daily schedule like?
    - What are your student rewards/consequences?
    - Do you run literacy centers? If so, what type of activities do you have?

    Thanks!
     
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  3. Mable

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    Welcome to 2nd! It's a great grade to teach. You'll love it.

    - What is your discipline plan?

    My students have a pocket on a chart that has 5 green sticks. If they keep 5 green sticks until dismissal, they earn $10 in classroom cash. Misbehaving costs a green stick. If a child has 4 green, it's $4 in classroom cash, etc. If a student loses all 5 green sticks, he/she gets a yellow. A yellow stick is 5 minutes with head down and no classroom cash. If it goes further, he/she gets a red stick which is $20 classroom cash to ME and a phone/note home. They can purchase things from me with classroom cash like a treasure chest dig.

    - How do you manage papers/homework?

    I try and keep on top of them- collect in one basket and organize/grade throughout the day. Sometimes I wait till end of day, organize into piles, grade and input into gradebook. I file papers into student files and then all papers are sent home on Friday in a folder. Homework is done on a daily basis to keep on top of who is turning in or not.

    - What is your daily schedule like?

    8:45-9:15: Arrival, Morning Routine, Students do Daily Written Language and then we go over it as class.
    9:15-9:40: Word Work
    9:40-10:00: Recess
    10:00-11:40: Literacy Block (Mini Lesson and reading groups)
    11:40-12:20: Lunch/Recess
    12:20-1:00: Content (S/S and Science)
    1:00-1:45: Math
    1:45-2:20: Art,Music, or PE
    2:20-2:40: Math
    2:40-3:15: Spelling/Poetry/Geography
    3:15-3:30: Clean up, Read Aloud/Silent Reading
    3:35: Dismissal

    - What are your student rewards/consequences?

    See #1

    - Do you run literacy centers? If so, what type of activities do you have?

    I have files that students work on at desks. They check off on thier grid when they do center/activity.
     
  4. Deeena

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    Thanks, Mable for answering the questions with detail! :)
     
  5. teachingmomof4

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    What is your discipline plan?

    We use the Raise Responsibility Plan in our school. It goes something like this: The kids have the choice of 4 levels of behavior. Level D: Dependable- The students are dependable, get their work done, don't bother others, and go above and beyond the expectations. Level C: Cooperation- The students do what is asked and get their work finished. If redirection is needed, they cooperate and do what they are told. Level B: Bothering Others- The student needs several reminders for bothering others, being bossy, and/or not doing what the teacher has asked. Level A: Anarchy- The student need constant reminders and exhibits poor behvaviors such as acting out, bothering others, and not cooperating with the teacher when asked.
    These are the names of the levels and in a nut shell what each level means. The idea behind it is that the child will become responsible intrinsincally (sp?) rather than with rewards. This works for most but not all. I use a pocket chart to determine the levels.
    No sticks- Level D
    1 stick- Level C
    2 sticks- Level B (stay in from recess and write a reflection paper)
    3 or more sticks- Level A (stay in from recess and write a reflection paper and mom or dad signs it. May visit principal.)

    I send home a weekly behavior chart for everyone so parents know how the week has gone. The kids return it on Monday, signed.
    - How do you manage papers/homework?

    I have a box for students to turn in homework once a week. (I send it home in a packet on Monday and it is due on Friday.) Daily class assingments are also turned in but I have the students stack them in alike paper stacks so I don't have to go through and sort them later. I don't collect everthing. I also don't grade everything. To get them home, I put them into their mailboxes (cubbies). I tell them if the paper has a star, sticker, smiley face, or a stamp, it goes home.
    - What is your daily schedule like?

    8:40- Welcome
    9:10- Morning Meeting/Calendar/Read Aloud (pic book)
    9:25- Reading
    10:30- break/snack
    10:40- Math
    11:30- Lunch/Recess
    12:30- Centers/Reading Groups
    12:50- Specialist
    1:30- Independent/Partner Reading
    2:00- Writing/Science (depending on the day)
    2:40- clean up/stack chairs/
    2:45- Read aloud (chapter book)
    2:53- dismissal

    - What are your student rewards/consequences?
    Depends on the offense.
    *Rewards: choosing a prize out of the prize box, class party, extra recess, stickers, candy (rarely)
    -I try not to give too many individual prizes but have them work together as a class to earn class prizes. I don't want anyone to feel left out.
    *Consequences- visit another classroom, visit principal or office, call home, miss recess, write a letter of apology to someone if needed, time out, miss the rest of an activity if they are playing with manipulatives or doing something that can harm others

    - Do you run literacy centers? If so, what type of activities do you have?
    I have done centers in the past. I have a center wheel that we move 2 times a day, 20 minutes at each center. On the wheel there are 8 centers so the students may get to them all in a week, maybe not. It depends on if we have enough time to do 2 in a day. Some centers I have include:
    Top Ten
    indepedent reading
    partner reading
    journal writing
    word work
    listening
    flip books
    squiggle
    plastic pictures
    Letters and Notes


    I have many more but those I use quite a bit. There are activities to do at each and if they finish they can do it again or add. There are also other ideas of what to do if they finish at each individual center.
     
  6. Chevygirl97

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    teachingmom--some of your centers are self-explainatory, others like squiggle and plastic pictures...what are those? They sound cute!
     
  7. Cindy5522

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    What is your discipline plan?
    Each child has a library pocket with 5 cards in it--a star card, smile card, green, yellow, and red cards. Everyone starts the day on a star. When a child makes a poor behavior choice more than once (I give a warning before pulling first card) s/he must pull a card. A smile card is still a good thing--smile=teacher and child is still happy. We all make mistakes! At green, consequences kick in based on offenses. It may be minutes off recess, writing letter of apology, time-out away from classroom, whatever fits the issue at hand. At the end of the day, each child's behavior card is recorded in his/her take-home notebook. The parent must sign and return the notebook every day. I've used this for years, and it has worked well for me.

    How do you manage papers/homework?
    I send as much home each day as possible. We check most daily practice together. If it is a skill check for me to check their progress, I send it home by the end of the week. Homework goes home on Monday as a packet. They have until Friday to turn the whole packet in at the same time. I check these as they turn them in. If they turn them in on Monday, I try to return them Tuesday (key word--TRY). When I give tests, I try to give them at a time during the day so that I can grade them during planning. As a parent, I like to know how my child did on a test as soon as possible. If I grade them that day, I send them home that day to be signed and returned to me. I then keep them in a file.

    What are your student rewards/consequences?
    Consequences--see above
    Rewards--I have a SECRET STUDENT STASH. At random times during the day, I announce that I'm watching a specified number of 'secret students'. I pick 2-4 names out of a cup. I do not tell the students the names. I then watch those children specifically to see if they are following all class rules during the lesson or worktime. I also pass secret student names to our related arts teachers to watch. If the secret students have followed all rules during the allotted time, they get into the secret student stash of various prizes to choose a gift. This works like a charm!

    Do you run literacy centers? If so, what type of activities do you have?
    Yes.
    Spelling Center--playdough, rainbow words, magnetic words
    Word Wall
    Word Games--Boggle, Scrabble, Etc
    Scholastic News, Time for Kids Magazines
    Journal Writing
    Partner reading
    Independent Reading
    Literacy File Folder type games
    Phonics File Folder type games
    Vocabulary
     
  8. teachingmomof4

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    Plastic pictures is just posters or those big Scholastic News editions, etc. that I have laminated (they became plastic) and the kids use a vis-a-vie pen to write words next to the pictures. You could have them look for words that begin with a certain letter, have a long vowel, compound words, words with ing endings or that you could make with ing endings. Whatever skill you are working on. They just use the pen and write it on the picture next to the object. Then, it's easy to erase when you need to clean up.

    Squiggle is a squiggle that I have made on a piece of paper. Just some little scribble. Then, I make copies of it and put them in the center. The students take a copy of it and make a picture out of it. Some of them are really creative. After they have completed their picture, they write a story to go with it on a notebook piece of paper. The stories turn out really well also because it is something that they want to write about. The kids really love this center.

    I have many more from a book but it's at school. There are also a couple of other books that have TONS of ideas. Alternatives to Worksheets (yellow cover) and More Alternatives to Worksheets (purple cover). They are great resources not only for centers but other enrichment activities. They have ideas for each subject area as well.
     

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