By Susana Patrick. 2nd Grade Math. Published at Monday, October 12th, 2020 - 22:23:50 PM.
Worksheets Worksheets have been around since school began. It is the tried and true method of most teachers. While many schools are getting away from strictly using worksheets as a method for teaching, they are necessary at some point. In 2nd grade, kids can begin to do worksheets on their own with little direction. Providing worksheets in combination with other teaching methods will reinforce the topics that are being taught, as well as give teachers a way to gauge each childs understanding of the topic. Computer Today, computers are an essential part of teaching. Using computers in your 2nd grade lesson plan allows children who are visual learners to really get a grasp on the topic. Using a computer lets children use their eyes, ears and hands. All these senses combine to give children a great method of learning. There are many reputable educational websites available that provide games that are perfect to incorporate into your lesson plans. They coincide with the basic 2nd grade curriculum, giving teachers another outlet for their lessons. Hands-on learning, worksheets and computer time all create the perfect combination of learning for students of all abilities. Each classroom is filled with a diverse group of children. Rather than catering to the way the majority learns, incorporate a wide variety of methods in your 2nd grade lesson plan and watch your students flourish.
Custom Individualized Instruction In an ideal world, every student would be able to receive one-on-on instruction to optimize his or her learning experience. However, this is rarely possible in a modern classroom setting where there can be over twenty students and only one teacher with no aids or helpers on hand. This high ratio of students to teachers can make teaching 2nd grade math even more difficult. But online math games are designed to move at the personal pace of each child who plays. Kids who need to go back and review ideas from kindergarten and first grade are free to do so, while others who are ready to tackle multi-digit addition and subtraction problems will find them presented in a vibrant setting that is both entertaining and engaging. In this way, teachers can present individualized instruction even when they arent able to personally work with every student in the class.
Why Math Problems Become Apparent Halfway Through The School Year The first question that many parents have when a teacher mentions that a child is struggling with 2nd grade math is why they werent informed sooner. This can be an unfair question, as teachers are rarely aware of weaknesses until theyve had time to work with their students for several months. This is why mid-year math problems are fairly common with 2nd graders. In reality, kids who struggle with math are usually struggling with instruction techniques, which is why differentiated instruction is gaining favor in thousands of United States classrooms. However, it can be hard for both teachers and parents to spot problems and therefore make the appropriate changes. The right tools can make this process easier.
After seeing how meditation, carpet and couches have transformed my friends classroom, I wonder if this new thinking really works and what other kinds of experiments in education can make a difference. An Observation in Classroom Comfort I went in to watch a friend teach a lesson this week after hearing all summer about his plans to make his 9th grade classroom less intimidating and more student friendly. When I walked in students were sitting in a circle, some on a polka dotted carpet reminiscent of a 2nd grade, about to begin a one minute silent breathing exercise before starting the days work. Students were encouraged to block out all thoughts and just concentrate on inhaling and exhaling through their nose. I was impressed with how seriously they all took it. A freshman whom I had seen escorted out of an all school assembly for cursing out a dean, was now calmly concentrating on his breathing.
Happily my daughter did get a 3rd prize nod from the science fair judges - while they noted that it was not exactly scientific it was one of the more original entries. Personally I think it was pure quantum physics - but thats another story! When the science fair was over and the jars returned to our home, I was given the opportunity to experience another specific difference between the 3 jars of rice. When cleaning out the contents of the jars, I removed the covers and each time was greeted with a unique and distinctive aroma. From the ignored rice there was a particular smell that reminded me of mildew - like opening a suitcase of damp clothes that had been forgotten in an attic long ago. The angry rice emanated a rather more offensive odor, similar to vomit - I didnt linger there!! Finally, when I removed the lid of the rice that had received love, there was a distinctive sweet fruity smell - quite pleasant in fact. It doesnt take much of a scientific brain, or imagination for that matter, to draw the conclusion that good thoughts produce preferable results. If our thoughts can affect cooked rice in this way it would be fair to assume that we similarly affect the food we eat with the thoughts we think when we are preparing it. Imagine how we might affect others by what we think of them or indeed, how we affect ourselves with the thoughts we think day in and day out over the period of our lifetime.
To create the atmosphere of a true scientific experiment, we took 3 jars and sterilized them to make sure they were equally clean environments. We took a cup of freshly cooked rice and apportioned it equally between the 3 jars then immediately sealed them. The first jar was promptly placed on top of the refrigerator and forgotten about, the second was sadly labeled you fool, and the final jar was labeled with the words thank you. For the next week and a half we proceeded to ignore the first jar (other than to document our daily observations); we yelled nasty insults at the contents of the second jar and cooed loving sentiments each day toward the lucky rice in the third jar.
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