I have been greatly inspired to create my own blog after gaining so many wonderful ideas from other blog masters. I am a newlywed since July 2010, a mom to an adorable 5 year old super mixed breed dog, and I am a teacher in my 2nd year in second grade.
However I taught first grade for four years before I was "promoted". I loved first grade and will never disagree that it is the most challenging grade, but Second grade is amazing! The students are able to do so much more independently and LOVE to read since it's not a struggle for them anymore.
Thanks to the amazing teachers on The Second Grade Teacher's Club and the wonderful Gingerbread Man Exchange my students had a blast! We marked all the gingerbreads we received on the US map and then decided to learn more about our state's facts such as our state bug (Honeybee) and our state shell (yes we have one).
Have you ever had one of those days when you throw out your plans and do something completely spur of the moment? On Friday I had 8 students absent out of 26 so I decided to get the laptops out. I asked the students to just type a story about a snow day. The students love to just type without worrying about following their prewritten pieces. The only direction I gave them was to include characters, setting, and a beginning, middle, and end. They used the program Canvastic so that when they were done typing they could just work on their illustrations. If you are unfamiliar with Canvastic, this program is a combination of writing and painting. Their stories came out awesome; lots of adventures! One of my developing writers created such a fabulous story that I was smiling all day with pride.