Second Grade

Second Graders expand upon the rich explorations, hypotheses, inquiry, and postulations they experienced as active action-researchers in TK-First Grade. Project-based learning is a familiar and comfortable space of exploration, hypotheses, deep questioning, interconnectedness and integration of subject areas that children begin to see details in the connections. Articulate higher-level questions that have been posed for years now to the children are internalized and they begin to ask these questions of themselves and others with regularity and confidence. Problem solving, critical thinking skills and higher-order questioning becomes the norm. Expectations of self and others to be socio-emotionally competent and compassionate are deeply ingrained in individual and in the community of learners. Students have confidence in skills in math, social sciences, language and writing, and reading is a foundational skill that is now done mainly to gather new information and enrich subject matter complexity. Individual and group work is a place of comfort and action research skills are honed and further their relationship with critical thinking and reasoning. State content standards and concepts are mastered via constant connectivity with integrated and meaning -making learning practices. Friendships are solidified and complexities in small and large group dynamics are explored and negotiated. Social networking becomes a vital facet of daily life.