By Marcella Pennington. 2nd Grade Math. Published at Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 - 18:11:36 PM.
My friend went to a "mindfulness in education" conference over the summer and has completely restructured his classroom and the way he runs it this year. There are couches in the corner where students can work, clip boards in hand. The room is full of plants and they even have a class hamster, Veronica, which students can visit if theyve finished their work. "I want them to feel comfortable in here," he told me and for the most part, they appeared to be. After the lesson got started, it looked much more like your average math class, with a do now and work stations and group work, but the community that has been established certainly gave the room a different feel. Its an interesting experiment and one that the administration at my school has supported thus far.
What to Look for in Tutoring Programs The most important thing youll want to avoid when it comes to getting your child extra help is to leap on the workbooks and homework. Kids will resent this "extra work" and will come up with unusually creative ways to avoid it! Instead, youll want to look for an educational program that actively encourages them to interact and participate with it, while earning rewards for successful answers. Ideally, the 2nd grade help program you choose is engaging and fun for the kids, while providing detailed learning reports for parents and teachers. For example, you should be able to clearly see what your child is doing well in, where they could use improvement, and what lessons theyre currently learning right now.
The features of the software are varied and deep. These include customized workbooks and rewards, 36 interactive activities, 50 printable activities, automatic help, play arcade games and earn points, more than 80 skills covered, parents progress reports, together with three skill levels. It is understandable that kids who enjoy the use of the software for kids have an understanding and grasping ability that is of a much higher scale than those who do not use the software. This is due to the fact that the kind of exposure they get is of a much higher magnitude than their counterparts, whose exposure to that kind of learning environment is next to zero.
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Advancing to Higher Concepts No matter what level a child is at when entering 2nd grade, its essential for him or her to have a full understanding of new math concepts before the end of the year. Adding and subtracting numbers with multiple digits and cementing fluency in basic addition and subtraction facts are key ideas in 2nd grade math. Mastery of these skills sets the stage for being able to learn multiplication and division later on. By tracking progress from moment to moment, online math games can adapt to the skill level of every child and aid in preparing him or her to understand advanced numerical concepts. By incorporating virtual teaching tools and online math games, teachers can help to ensure that kids get a full grasp of each new concept as it comes. The individual attention that these games can offer takes classroom instruction to the next level, offering a better chance at success to a larger subset of students. With online games, 2nd grade math becomes fun and engaging for students regardless of skill level or learning style.
Experiments in Education As a relatively new teacher, I sense the entire education system has been and will continue to be going through various experiments in the coming decade particularly in poor urban neighborhoods. A classmate of mine just started working at an elementary school with a new experimental model - class size, 60; number of teachers, 4 Lessons are taught to every kindergartner and 1st grader in three different languages and the teachers dont get any breaks. Oh, and the master teacher on each grade level makes six figures but hasnt been in the system 22 years. I welcome the change and admire educators like my friend and classmate who are willing to go for it, while kidding themselves about the potential to fail. As I left his class, I couldnt help but wonder if they will learn any better, being comfortable. They may be less likely to cut the class but algebra on a couch with nature sounds playing in the background is still algebra. We have to be careful not to forget that people have been working on the issue of improving public education since public education has been around and that we dont need to create everything from scratch. On the other hand, to see significant results, we need significant change which may challenge much of what we consider education today.
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