The current buzz in second grade is…the math contest! Students were introduced to a few problems last Friday and since then every single student has chosen to participate! To see this initial excitement and desire to take risks and grow as mathematicians is an immediate reason to celebrate!
Several of you have inquired how to facilitate math discussions at home. First, I’d encourage you to allow your child to tackle the problem on their own. They should have private think time for a couple minutes and apply any strategies they know to use first. Encourage your child to be comfortable with the uncomfortable. Then, as you step in to guide their inquiry, you can approach it as:
“What do you know about the problem?”
“What are you asked to find out?”
“What strategies can you use to demonstrate your understanding?” (strategies: picture, numbers, words, tallies, etc)
Then, once your child begins to grasp the question more, follow up with questions like these to promote inquiry further and deeper:
“Explain your thinking.”
“Prove your answer/tell me more…”
“Describe the strategy you used.”
As your child is exposed to more of these contest problems, you will start to notice their ability to work through problems: thinking through strategies out loud and persevering using different approaches. This is “productive struggle” and a great indicator that they are growing their mathematician mind!
Landscape artists come in all styles. From abstract to realistic artists, from Van Gogh to Kirchner, we are learning there are all different ways to see our amazing world. Second graders are currently learning about Hundertwasser and creating an art piece inspired by his love for curvy lines, spirals, architecture, the created world and lots of color. In keeping with this study, the second grade class will also be creating a collaborative piece, inspired by Hundertwasser, to be sold at our annual school Celebration Gala. Look out for this color-filled whimsical piece.