Pre-Internship - Thursday
The students enjoyed some reading from my CT of The People of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau. I recently read the following information about reading out loud to our students, "Children can listen on a higher language level than they can read, so reading aloud makes complex ideas more accessible and exposes children to vocabulary and language patterns that are not part of everyday speech. This, in turn, helps them understand the structure of books when they read independently (Fountas & Pinnell, 1996). This is such a good practice for teachers to make time for in the classroom. I am to be sure to make the time to do this daily. I think a reading during morning snack time would be good timing. A moment to pause and enjoy a story. Then a quick brain break with something like GoNoodle afterwards to get them moving and ready to get back to work! How do you incorporate daily read alouds to your students?
Then, I led some fun spelling practice through the game of hangman at the students request! This was a quick and simple way to get them practicing their spelling rule for the week, before heading to specials.
2nd Grade Team Meeting
The second grade teachers met to discuss a miscellaneous of items; brag tags (school wide student progress awards for the quarter), summer school recommendations, data collection for Bridges & Wonders, and check in on progress regarding the RTI time. Communication is very valuable between the team and these quick moments to connect can be very beneficial to stay accountable in the classroom and get ideas to better meet the needs of your students. I am in hopes that I will be apart of a great team in my future role as a teacher.
Response to Intervention
We finished the robots week with a session of coding and playing. Using various problem solving skills and team collaboration skills the students were able to get Milo to do a variety of tricks. I currently read an article on We Are Teachers written by Jennifer Williams about the important skills kids learn through coding: critical thinking, persistence, courage to try new things, math skills, processing skills, and more. I found a lot of value to the article, because some may say that the students are just playing and this is not a valuable learning experience. This article and other research says differently. These skills developed are extremely beneficial to them as students and their future roles in society.
While students went to Title 1 for math, students remained in the class worked on their Minibeast assignments (creating a bug and writing about them). My CT and I had a small group of students at the back table working with place values with manipulatives.
First, they created different numbers from 99 to 500 and then they created two different numbers to assist with addition. Creating 131 and 289, then writing an equation on the table with dry erase marker 131+289= and using the manipulatives to help them add and see how re-grouping process works. The students were better engaged with the manipulatives and the writing on the table. This small group time is such a valuable experience for the students who are not quite low enough to receive special assistance in Title 1, yet not quite ready for current math lessons. I am really glad that I had the opportunity to see the students work out these problems with these tools and see how they are processing their understanding of numbers, they are such hard-workers! How do you find the time to do small groups in the classroom?