New Adventure: Second Grade!

It definitely has been an eventful day. I woke up sick, found out there was a leakage in our summer camp classroom, had one of my students drop my brand new ipad and break the screen (i'll pretend i'm super calm and collected and move on), received an email informing me that I will now be teaching SECOND grade (yes, I am a nervous/anxious wreck!), had a doctor's appointment for a stomach pain i've had for over two years, got pulled over by a very mean cop, and received my brand new printer in the mail. :) I guess it was a mix of good and bad events. 

This will be my second year teaching. Last year, I taught fourth grade to a group of magnificent students. They were honestly the most perfect group of students any teacher could ask for. They made my first year of teaching a very memorable one. They were as obsessed with me as I was with them. We had great chemistry and they had such enthusiasm and passion for learning. I had a variety of low and high students. Nonetheless, they all enjoyed learning. My classroom management system was very efficent. I used the clip chart with the colors and gave the students tickets on a daily basis depending on what color they were on by the end of the day. At the end of the week, the students had the opportunity to purchase things from the treasure box using their tickets. Many students saved up to buy some of the really cool stuff! (I had one student that saved up from the first day of class till the end of the school year. Let's just say she emptied out the entire treasure box.) I felt like fourth grade was the perfect grade. They were old enough to help me grade, file, and I had very little issues with tattle telling. Now I am embarking a new journey...

I honestly do not know what to expect. I have always heard "second grade is the best grade to teach!" I am just afraid of the 'babysitting' part of the job. I am afraid that my classroom management system won't work the same with this age level. What if they aren't independent enough?! I will also be teaching every subject. (I only taught reading and writing last year). I guess it is just a lot to soak up. I was reading up on Amber's blog over at Peppy Zesty Teacherista. She had a great post about her dojo point reward system. I am eager to implement it this upcoming year. I am hoping these second graders are able to handle it. haha I guess I'm not going to know what I am in for until the first day of class when I meet the little munchkins. I remember growing up, I always said I wanted to teach second grade. Well, here's my opportunity. 

These next few weeks are going to consist of a lot of searching, buying, printing, cutting, and laminating of new products and activities! Oh, and now I need to stock up on books for my classroom library. My chapter book collection was just starting to grow :( 

Here's a little preview of an awesome organization binder set I just bought from Haley O'Connor.

 You have no idea how excited I am about printing this and putting it all together.
^ Literally that excited...

Well, back to work. So much to do, so little time! Don't forget to sign up for the Figurative Language giveaway below! :)

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  1. Reading your description about your class last year was like reading about my class. I'm not kidding when I say everything was identical! From the reward system to the group of kids. I keep telling people that I honestly don't know how my new group of students will compare because last years were THAT amazing. I can't wait to read about your new second grade adventures!


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