MRS. TYSKO'S SECOND GRADE CLASS
I have been teaching for 26 years in grades pre-first
through fourth grade. I have been in second grade for the last thirteen
years at Morrison. Prior to that I taught first grade, a pre-first
grade, second grade, a first/second combination and an open classroom third
and fourth grade.
Philosophy of Teaching
I believe that as a teacher, I must work with the students
so that we become a team. We have to care for and trust each other
since we will be working together all year. I do not want the children
to be afraid of me, but learn that they can come to me anytime. Many
times, I consider myself as the facilitator of the group, not as the leader.
We will have a definite structure in our classroom and the children will
know what is expected of them. We will be planning things together
as a class, working out projects, and learning together. I hope that
I can guide your child to learn new things, and encourage each one to explore
new areas for them.
I believe in the non-punitive approach to discipline and involving the children in the process of making up and enforcing the rules. The rewards and consequences listed below are general. Each situation is different and may require a different, logical consequence other than time out, or note home. The book Please Don't Sit on the Children by Clare Cherry is excellent in understanding why children misbehave and ways to handle situations positively. You are encouraged to borrow the book from me to read on your own (it is easy, fun reading.) The class makes up the rules. I always add the first one, the other four were determined by the class the first two days of school. This year our class rules are as follows:
1. Treat others the way you want to be treated.
2. Raise your hand.
3. Work quietly.
4. One person talk at a time.
Sticker at end of day for Green Card up all day
If a child has earned 4 or 5 stickers for following rules at end of week, special reward will occur on Friday as determined by class at the beginning of the week.
BUG (Being Unusually Good) coupons will be given throughout each week for good work, behavior, etc. These can be traded in (like money) for certain items and periodically there will be a 'store' or 'auction' for the children to purchase items.
Consequences (green, yellow, red, blue cards on chart):
Green card up all day (follows
all rules) Great behavior
Yellow card up (has broken a rule) 5 minutes renewal time
Red card up (has broken rule a second time) 15 minutes time by self
Blue card up (has broken rule three times) See Mr. Gordon and note home
If a child is hurting another child, automatic note
home and talk with principal.
Second grade has minimal homework. I do request
that you read at least 10 minutes each evening with your child. The
children will also have spelling words each week to study for a test.
In another week or so, we will be starting a homework journal which your
child will bring home each evening, Monday through Thursday with fun assignments.
The children will earn special privileges in our class on Friday for doing
the homework. Also, your child will have science or social studies
related projects this year with each unit of study. You are encouraged
to help your child, but not do the entire project for them. The idea
behind these projects is to have fun, work together, and create something
your child is proud to share at school. The projects will be due
about two weeks after they are assigned.
Our weekly special schedule of classes is as follows:
Monday - music
Tuesday - music, computer, and sixth grade buddies
Wednesday - physical education and library
Thursday - physical education
Friday - art
Each Friday, I will send a newsletter with your child.
Please look for it in your child's folder and read it. It will always
be on colored paper. Often times, important information is in it
concerning dates, etc. I try not to tell you everything that you
should be hearing from your child, just to give you an idea of what we
are doing and you can as your child for more details.
Book orders will come home each month. If you wish
to order for your child, return money and order form. PLEASE donít
forget the childís name on form or envelope. If paying by check,
please make check out to the company; we will use Trumpet and Lucky
Book Clubs; sometimes I will do special orders like the Software Club or
others such as Social Studies Club, etc. If at any time you want
to order books as gifts, let me know by phone or note. Iíll arrange
to get the order from you and to you when they come in without the childís