Reading instruction will focus on Common Core standards which will be taught using: read alouds, small guided reading groups, individual conferencing and reinforced with independent reading. We will be reading a combination of fiction and non-fiction texts which will be chosen based on: creating classroom culture, focus on authors, themes, science and social studies topics, as well as providing a multicultural collection of literature. For instruction, we will follow a Readers Workshop model, which includes a whole group mini-lesson on a reading standard, followed by group work and/or independent reading for reinforcement and a review of our learning. For group work, I meet with small groups at teaching reading skills and strategies at the students' instructional reading level.
Students will be instructed Common Core writing standards, through Scholastic Six +1 Traits writing. Six traits includes teaching children about ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions, plus writing presentation. Students will learn how to write for purposes of narrative, expository and opinion. We will use mentor texts and daily practice to build our writing skills.
2nd grade students will be taught Common Core Mathematics standards, following the lessons in our enVision workbooks. Additional fact practice, reteaching and enrichments will be a part of our small group math lessons.
We follow a FOSS science curriculum in District 15. In 2nd grade, our units are: Solids & Liquids; Pebbles, Sand & Silt, and Insects & Plants. Additional scientific topics will also be explored though our literacy reading and writing.
Stay tuned for more information. We are very exocted that District 15 has just adopted a new social studies program, Social Studies Alive.
About Mrs. Konishi
Hello! I'm very excited to be teaching 2nd grade for the 2018/2019 school year! This is my 11th year teaching, and I have previously taught 1st, 3rd and 4th grades. So, 2nd grade was meant to be!
My first career was in the advertising industry. When my own children began attending school, I soon realized my dream was to become a teacher. So, I went back to school, and received my Masters in Education from National-Louis University. I'm very thankful I followed my dream. I love my job - because I get to work with the best students and families in the world!
One of the reasons I love being an elementary school teacher is that I'm able to teach all subjects. I honestly don't know which is my favorite. I have a passion for reading that I love to share with my students in hopes of creating life long readers. Writing is a window into each student which allows me to better know each student. I find science fascinating and an important part of our lives and future. And, despite not enjoying math as a student myself - I love teaching it because I realize that we all understand and learn math differently.
Since becoming a teacher, I completed classes for an ESL endorsement from National-Louis University. I've also taken courses in reading and special education though St. Francis University. This coursework has helped me better understand the gifts and challenges of second language students, and has taught be to be a more effective teacher to all of my students.
What do I do when I'm not at TJ? Spending time with my family is most important to me. I have a daughter who is a senior at ISU, studying special education and my son will be starting at U of I as a freshman studying statistics this year. I enjoy reading, walking and traveling - all of which I find relaxing!
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