Second grade is a time of amazing growth and development. A main focus in our class is on ownership and independence. Students take ownership of their learning by asking questions, taking on challenges appropriate to them, and making choices. You can see this in our classroom: our walls are full of their work and they have made many of the decisions that shape our shared spaces. Recently, the students even started taking charge of a very important part of our day: the daily morning meeting! Each week, two children lead this essential time of community building. The day before, they plan out a greeting each child will say to each other, a topic for sharing, an activity we’ll do together, and then they write a message (often containing a math challenge question). The next morning, they lead this meeting, giving them the confidence to speak in front of others and to make decisions that impact the whole class. Come join us sometime!