Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Forms for the start of school

Questionnaires
I have created two short online questionnaires, one for parents, and for students, so I can learn a little more about the children before school starts.  Please fill out the parent one and ask your child to fill out the student one before the first day of school.  It is ok for your child to dictate while you type the answers if he/she is not comfortable typing yet.  
Student questionnaire: https://goo.gl/forms/CKBRug4GR4ByuFMI2

Dismissal-- This MUST be filled out before the 1st day of school!

Responsive Classroom info



I have been using the Responsive Classroom approach to teaching since I began my career. It’s been used successfully by elementary school teachers in schools around the country for over twenty years to create learning environments where children thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. I have been a Responsive Classroom Trainer and Consultant for over 12 years. I spent four weeks this summer traveling and training teachers in New England! I love teaching teachers and parents about this approach.

The Responsive Classroom approach was developed by classroom teachers. It emphasizes teaching children to take care of themselves, each other, and the school environment so that everyone can learn at his/her best. You’ll notice our class paying attention to how students treat one another throughout the day. You’ll also see a strong emphasis on students setting goals for their own learning and taking responsibility for reaching those goals.

Guiding principles

The Responsive Classroom approach is based on theories of how children learn and on the experiences of classroom teachers, including my own. There are seven basic principles behind this approach:
  • Learning social skills is as important as learning academic skills.
  • How children learn is as important as what they learn: process and content go hand in hand.
  • Children gain knowledge most effectively through social interactions.
  • To be successful academically and socially, children need to learn cooperation, assertion, responsibility, empathy, and self-control (CARES).
  • Knowing the children we teach- individually, culturally, and developmentally- is as important as knowing the content we teach.
  • Knowing the families of the children we teach and inviting their participation is essential to children’s education.
  • How the adults at school work together are as important as how skillful each individual teacher is: lasting change begins with the adult community.

Teaching practices

The Responsive Classroom approach will include the following:

Morning Meeting
Children gather for fifteen to twenty minutes every morning to greet each other, share news, do a group activity, and look forward to the day ahead. This daily routine builds community creates a positive climate for learning, and gives children practice in a wide range of academic and social skills.

Rules and Logical Consequences
The children and I will create rules for the classroom that will allow everyone to do his/her best learning. When the children break the rules, there are clear and non-punitive consequences that help them learn from the mistake. The approach teaches responsibility and self-control.

Guided Discovery
Materials will be introduced in a structured way so that children become interested and motivated to explore different ways to use the materials.

Academic Choice
Children will be given choices in their learning to help them become invested, self-motivated learners.

Classroom Organization
Materials, furniture, and displays will be arranged in ways that encourage learning, care, positive social interaction, and independence in children.

Working Together with Parents
Parents will be involved as true partners in their children’s education.

Linking Responsive Classroom approach to academic curriculum
The established standards and objectives for second grade will be covered in the following ways:
  • Writing Workshop- 60 minutes of writing daily, including a mini-lesson and share, based upon Lucy Calkins units of study. Units include: Launching, Personal Narratives, Persuasive Writing, Non-fiction, Poetry, Realistic Fiction
  • Reading Workshop- Calkins unit of study including Fundations (phonics program) and guided reading/strategy groups. Our units of study will be: Launching, Retelling with Folk Tales & Fairy Tales, Non-fiction, Reading Longer Texts, Poetry
  • Math- Think Math!
  • Integrated Studies- Needham 2nd grade science/social studies standards include: trees, soil, magnets.

I am eager to get to know all of our students and to work with you.  I look forward to a productive and joyful year with your child!

                                                                       

                                                                             
                                                                                                                    Lisa Garsh

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Schedule for 2018

2G Schedule
Lunch- 11:10-11:55

Monday
PE 9:00-9:40Free vector graphic: Shoe, Sneaker, Boot, Plimsoll - Free Image on ... with Mr. Darling
Art 12:25-1:05 Paintbrushes - Free images on Pixabay with Mrs. DiCenzo


Tuesday
Media 1:00-1:40 Books - Free images on Pixabaywith Mrs. Potter



Wednesday
Spanish 9:45-10:25 File:Revista ¡HOLA!.png - Wikimedia Commons with Senorita Burgoyne
STEAM 12:25-1:05File:Exclamation mark 2.svg - Wikimedia Commons


Thursday
Music 10:25-11:05 File:Music note.png - Wikimedia Commonswith Mrs. Tryon


Friday

PE 1:20-2:00 Free vector graphic: Shoe, Sneaker, Boot, Plimsoll - Free Image on ... with Mr. Darling

Supply List

You should have received a list of classroom supplies with your class placement letter. These supplies will be community supplies shared by the whole class, so please do not label them with your name. If you ordered a tool box, I will get those supplies and organize them before school begins!

In addition to the supplies on the list, please also bring in...

BOYS:
1 package of unscented baby wipes and 1 box of gallon Ziploc bags with a sliding closure

GIRLS:
1 package of unscented baby wipes and 1 sandwich or quart sized box of Ziploc bags with a sliding closure.
EVERYONE:
Please bring a fun, durable plastic folder that will be used ALL YEAR long as your home school folder! It can be a color/design of your choosing!

WE could always use LATEX-FREE BANDAIDS!

Welcome Letter (same as the one mailed out)



August 2018
Dear 2G Families,

Welcome to second grade! I hope you are having a wonderful summer. It’s hard to believe school is a few short weeks away. I am very excited to be your teacher this year. I have been busy enjoying the outdoors, reading lots of great books, and spending time with my children, Allison and Josh. Alli is going into middle school and has been enjoying sailing, catching crabs and jumping off the dock. Josh is going to be a 4th grader! He has been playing lacrosse and tennis, swimming in the ocean, and waiting patiently for football season to start!

You should have received a list of classroom supplies with your class placement letter. These supplies will be community supplies shared by the whole class, so please do not label them with your name. If you ordered a tool box, I will get those supplies and organize them before school begins! In addition to the supplies on the list, please also bring in…

BOYS:
1 package of unscented baby wipes and 1 box of gallon Ziploc bags with a sliding closure

GIRLS:
1 package of unscented baby wipes and 1 sandwich or quart sized box of Ziploc bags with a sliding closure.

EVERYONE:
Please bring a fun, durable plastic folder that will be used ALL YEAR long as your home school folder! It can be a color/design of your choosing! Also, I would love a 4x6 photograph of you doing something fun this summer!

Please stop by and visit the classroom on Thursday, August 30 from 2:15-3:00 during the PTC Open House. You can drop off your school supplies then. Parents, please mark your calendars: Curriculum Night will be Thursday, September 13.

This year I am excited to continue using several web resources to communicate and share information. I use the classroom blog as a way to share information and links. On the blog you will find links to 3 forms to complete- a parent survey, a student survey, and a dismissal plan form. I use Twitter to share photos of things happening in the classroom as a window into our world. I will not post names with the photos in order to protect students privacy. You can follow me @msGarsh.

Enjoy the last few weeks of summer vacation. I can’t wait to see you in second grade!
Questionnaires

I have created two short online questionnaires, one for parents, and for students, so I can learn a little more about the children before school starts.  Please fill out the parent one and ask your child to fill out the student one before the first day of school.  It is ok for your child to dictate while you type the answers if he/she is not comfortable typing yet.