2nd grade is now deep into the curriculum and the “honeymoon stage” of the first couple of weeks has worn off. Things are starting to get busy and the pressures mount to get everything done and pack learning into the day. While this stress may have good intentions behind it, it is important for teachers and parents alike to remember to slow down and take time for what is actually important, not just what we think is important. For Mrs. Morner’s class, this includes spending positive moments together as a class.
Mrs. Morner has created “Question of the Day.” It is a simple presentation filled with simple questions, but the result has been wonderful.
In addition to beginning our morning with the pledges, a devotion, and prayer, we now also open with the “Question of the Day,” which ranges from questions as common as “What is your favorite food?” and as creative as “If you were given 1,000 acres of land, what would you do with it?” None of the questions are academic (on purpose) and it has so far allowed everyone to start the day in a relaxed way that also allows knowing each other better as a class. It’s a period of five minutes where students can talk about their interests and use their imagination a bit. It opens us up on a positive note and reminds us that, while the day may get busy and our work is incredibly important, spending some time together as a class is just as important and we can still make some time for the fun stuff too!
Mrs. Morner, 2nd grade