Our first unit in second grade is community building. To begin, we focused on our roles and responsibilities in the classroom. We looked at the school-wide expectation of RISE and interpreted them in terms of what this looks like in second grade (come see our display in class). We also defined what jobs were needed in class so that there is a shared responsibility among all of us. We then started discussing how to handle conflict, an inevitable part of being in a community. After reading some texts, we defined our own ways of managing conflict when it arises. Our strategies include walking away, ignoring the person, saying no/stop firmly, asking them how they would feel in the same situation, inviting them to play, and asking for help. Finally, we have been exploring both positive and negative consequences of choices we make in everyday situations. It has been a great connection to our core virtues of respect and responsibility!
Design with Mr. Lenz & Mr. Seehausen
The first few weeks of school brought a lot of activity to the new design lab. As new teachers to Seven Peaks, we have been working hard to understand the school, its students, and collaborate with teachers in order to integrate design thinking with their current lesson plans. So far everything has gone extremely well, and the kids’ excitement and curiosity for the design lab has made the space even more rewarding. We are finally approaching 100% as we put the final touches on the design lab space. We worked long days all summer and built the lab from scratch with the help of other staff members, students, and volunteers. Recently we shut down the lab for two days to complete the installation of a dust collection system, but now that we have it in place, we can begin woodworking projects that require air filtration to keep our lab clean and safe.
Ms. Blunda’s 2nd grade class joined us early on with their cubby project. Students partnered up and interviewed each other about what they would like in their cubby. Ideas ranged from shoe holders, to shelves and curtains. The idea was to have 2nd graders learn how to empathize and understand their “customer” which is a key facet of the design process. Once interviews were complete, they came to the lab over several days to plan, measure, and construct their partner’s cubby accessory.