New to 2nd Grade

Discussion in 'Second Grade' started by teach12, Jul 10, 2012.

  1. teach12

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    I am moving to 2nd grade after six years of teaching 1st grade! Please share your favorite/most important/must haves items for 2nd grade!
     
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  3. Ilovesummer

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    You'll love 2nd grade! This will be my 4th year in 2nd grade. Before this, I taught 4th grade for 4 years. It was a huge adjustment, to go from the end of 4th grade to the beginning of 2nd grade, but once I was used to it, I LOVE it! They grow soooo much in 2nd grade, and they have such great little personalities!
     
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    Welcome to 2nd grade! Hmmm...must haves? Patience! lol But coming from first, you know the whole modeling deal :) I'm a big fan of dance parties in my room because we have such a jam packed schedule, so I highly recommend a cd player and some high energy kids cds.

    Other things I love are flash cards for sight words, word patterns/chunks, and math facts; dry erase boards; chart paper and markers; and joke books. :) I know I'm forgetting a lot, but coming from 1st grade, I think you'll have an easier time adjusting than someone coming down from a higher grade. :D
     
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    Leigh,

    I want to incorporate music into my 2nd grade classroom. What high energy CDs do you recommend?
     
  6. CFClassroom

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    If you've taught first then second is going to be a blast for you. You probably have everything you need. Enjoy.
     
  7. Ms.Hatcher

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    I just accepted a second grade position today and this will be my first year teaching. I am excited but yet soooo nervous. I will be entering my classroom for the first time this upcoming Monday. I just knew I would have it all together, but reality has just kicked in. I seem to have butterflies in my stomach and feel a bit confused as to where I should begin (as far as my classroom is concerned). School starts August 8th for the students, so I do have time to get everything in gear. Is it normal to feel confused and a bit loss? I had no idea I was going to feel this way. The more I think about it, the more I get butterflies. I graduated December 2011, so me getting this position is Heaven sent. What should be my number one focus? How do I go about planning things each day until the first day of school? Please give me some advice if you can. Any advice will help this first year teacher.
     
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    Your number one focus should be on behavior management and getting to know the curriculum. The other fancy bells and whistles are nice, but those two are the most urgent.

    I taught second grade for three years and loved it. It is a great age group.

    Best wishes... :thumb:
     
  9. Rebel1

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    Some tips...
    -Be PREPARED every day! They can sense when you are not.
    -You need your sense of humor and your health so
    take care of #1.
    -Make music a part of your curriculum; a great help for the children.
    C'grats, and have fun!
    Rebel1
     
  10. Ms.Hatcher

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    Thank you both for the advice:)...Can anyone please describe their first day in the classroom? How did you feel?
     
  11. RainStorm

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    You'll do great! :thumb:
     
  12. chrissy1214phx

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    Mrs. Hatcher, I am with you. I will be teaching for the first time ever this year and second grade is my placement. I am excited, but also feeling lost as to where to begin. I have read up on Love and Logic and also Wong's the first day of school for helpful suggestions. I am really focusing on behavior managemnt and routines routines routines. I am not able to get into my class until July 8 and school starts with the students on the 22. Orientation is the week before. I wish I could get info on curriculum so I could plan................
    Some things I know I want to do are use music to settle the kids and also energize them when needed. I prefer classical music in the morinings... I have baby bach and baby mozart cd's for that...
    I want to do alot of writing!!! so I will be doing journaling.... I also want to do a morning meeting calendar, weather, etc...
     
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    :help:Ms. Hatcher, I will be teaching for the very first time in 2nd grade this year as well... we can help each other out.
     
  14. YoungTeacherGuy

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    I adore second graders. They work hard, truly want to please, and make huge strides!

    Some of my must-haves:
    --dry erase boards (or sheet protectors with a sheet of tag board inside), dry erase markers, and erasers (I cut up felt squares and use as erasers...they last all year).
    --TREASURE CHEST (with goodies such as pencils, stickers, bookmarks, erasers, and other things from the dollar store).
    --one last thing: do not forget to model, model, model. Show (not just tell) them how to line up, what the inside of their desk should look like, how to turn in homework/class assignments, etc. They need visuals--lots of 'em.
     
  15. chrissy1214phx

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    excellent advice Young Teacher Guy................... anything else for the first day/ week?
     
  16. YoungTeacherGuy

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    My two most favorite first day books are: First Day Jitters and Wemberly Worried.

    Also, the kids have to punch in their ID numbers when they go to lunch, so I make copies of the key pad (and attach a sticker with their name and ID number) so they can practice entering their ID number before they go through the lunch line.

    Here's the clip chart I use for behavior. A lot of teachers make their own instead of purchasing one. This is the one I've purchased in the past. It has lasted me about three years so far: http://www.newmanagement.com/ebooks/pdf/clip_chart_ebook.pdf
     

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