My first week in 2nd grade...

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Registered: 03-27-2003
My first week in 2nd grade...
Sat, 09-03-2005 - 4:46pm

It has been exciting! First of all, we are still waiting for our portable classrooms to be finished. Two second grade classes are supposed to be in them - so I have been sharing my classroom with another second grade class/teacher. It's been a little hard to plan since it is temporary - we would be planning differently if we were going to be teaming the whole year. It is getting a bit crowded - we are up to 17 students each. My room will seem so big once they move out. They are telling us the work will be done on Tuesday - they will probably be in my room for all of next week though.

Still it has been a good opening week. I have a really good class. No major behavior problems - just some talking, impulse control, and trouble staying on task. No violent, emotianally handicapped, or mentally ill students. Talking to the other teachers, I have a fairly high class: 6 were above grade level on reading, 5 on level, 5 below. I have one that I'm really concerned about - he can read words but he can not write at all. On the spelling inventory - he got one initial consonant correct and that was it - the rest was pure giberish including numbers, upside down letters and made-up characters. He also doesn't know ANY math. I gave them an "assessing readiness for 2nd grade" test and he could not answer one question. I read it to them so it wasn't reading that was the problem. He's ELL and already a year older than 2nd grade - I will definitely be referring him for interventions and possible special ed.

I LOVE the school where I am working. The administration is so awesome. I like all the teachers. I think it will be a good year. Stephanie

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Registered: 03-24-2003
Sat, 09-03-2005 - 9:19pm

It sounds like you're doing a great job, and pretty lucky, even with the inconvenience and crowded classroom.