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Another year in the wraps!
This will be the last update on my blog before summer break! I will still be checking my email this week, so please reach out if you have any last minute questions, comments, or concerns :) Here is what to expect this week and over the summer:
Report Cards will be emailed no later than this Thursday, June 18. Along with the report card you will also receive a letter detailing summer learning expectations and suggestions. Please make sure to read it carefully, as it contains important information.
I will also be emailing a few summer worksheets for students to complete. They are designed to be done a little bit each week rather than all at once, to ensure continued academic progress. Please note these worksheets will be the first official assignment next year, and will count towards their GPA. I will include these worksheets on my website, in case you lose them over the summer :)
Lastly, if you have not returned the books your student borrowed from my library, please make sure to do so ASAP!
Have a fabulous summer, and see you next fall!
Welcome to our last week of remote learning! Give yourselves a pat on the back -- this has not been easy, convenient, or fun, but the work has been important and meaningful for your student's learning. And you got through it, which is pretty amazing!
Activities this week are pretty laid back, and the lessons are optional. They're really designed for students to have a space to reflect and connect with each other before the end of the school year. As a reminder, all late work is due Monday, June 15 by 5pm. No work submitted after that date will be reflected on the report card.
Speaking of report cards, I will be emailing you a pdf copy during the week of 6/15. It will once again be a shortened version that looks similar to our progress report.
Lastly, please make sure you continue working on these vital skills over the summer to prepare for 3rd grade. There is a huge jump in expectations as well as the transition from standards-based grading (M,A,N,) to letter grades, which can be a big wake up call. For any extra resources, ideas, or help please email me :) I recommend spending 1 hour each day TOTAL on these topics (not 1 hour for each topic):
-Addition, Subtraction, and Multiplication fact fluency numbers 1-12.
-Reading short text to identify Main Idea/Detail
-Reading short text to learn new vocabulary
-3 digit subtraction with regrouping
Great websites with free content are:
mathfactspro.com (fact fluency)
themailbox.com (fun worksheets)
raz-kids (reading and questions sets)
newslea (short, kid-friendly articles at many different reading levels)
mathplayground.com (math games)
math-salamanders.com (worksheets and lessons)
IMPORTANT: I will be hosting a space for our students to come together, ask questions, process, and share in comfort this Tuesday, June 2, at noon. I will be eating lunch -- students are welcome to eat as well. This is a wholly optional activity designed to support student understanding of current events from multiple perspectives. Please do not feel pressured to have your student attend if you do not feel comfortable or have other obligations. If you are in need of any resources for discussing these important topics with your families, email me and I will be happy to provide :)
You can join tomorrow on google meets at 11:55 under the meeting name "hartzen talk"
It has been an exceptionally difficult weekend for many of us, and I want to offer you all my love, strength and encouragement. Please know you are all in my thoughts and heart, and if there is anything I can do to ease your burden or help your family during this time, don't hesitate to reach out.
I know many of you or your family members work as first responders -- if you are unable to make sure your student completes their work this week, don't stress about it. Work can be made up and submitted until Friday, June 12. Please make sure you are taking time for yourselves and your family. For now, that is enough.
I'd also like to apologize for the confusion over lessons last week. Please note there will be no lessons this Wednesday, June 3, as I will need to finish packing up my classroom for the year.
Lastly, I am working with the 3rd grade team to put together a letter and list of resources for your student to think about/work on over the summer. 3rd grade is a huge lift for students, as it is the first year they will receive actual letter grades to begin building a GPA. It can be a bit of a wake-up call, and making sure that we don't lose learning over the summer is an important first step in being successful next year :) I am hoping to have this information available for you by Monday, June 15.
As always, don't hesitate to reach out with any questions, concerns, or anything else I can do for you.
A gentle reminder that there are no lessons today (Thursday) because I will be going into the school to pack up my classroom.
Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions, comments, concerns, or just to say hi! Have a fabulous rest of the week :)
Happy Memorial Day, and a huge thank you to all our NPS community members who have served!
Please note there will be no virtual lesson this Wednesday, as I will be (trying to) pack up my classroom for the year. Mr. Coors and Ms. Rajanen will be sending out information about when you will be able to pick up your student's personal belongings sometime in the near future. Additionally, if you have not returned any books borrowed from my class library, please try to do so ASAP.
Lastly -- the interactive spelling practice video will be uploaded no later than Monday evening. Khan Academy assignments will also be updated Monday evening.
Happy Friday! After meeting with the NPS team, I have some updated info on what to expect for the end of the year.
-Monday, May 25 there are no office hours due to Memorial Day. I have adjusted the weekly work calendar to reflect that any work on Monday is optional (and really, it's just watching videos) and can be done on Tuesday.
-The last week of academic work will be June 8th. All missing work will need to be turned in no later than Friday, June 5th to be reflected in report card grades. Grades are due June 15 at 5pm, so please make sure you send me anything missing with adequate time to input or change my gradebook. If you send me anything after June 5, I will not be able to put it in the gradebook and it will be counted as incomplete.
-Speaking of incomplete work, I cannot stress how important it is that you and your student continue pushing yourselves these last 3 weeks. Now that the weather is nicer and the world is starting to reopen, focus is dropping and quality of work is slipping. The more on task we can stay now, the easier the beginning of next year will be. As we still are not sure what Fall will look like for CPS, it is in your best interest to work hard now, so that you will have less stress later. I have designed the last weeks of school to be solely review work to strengthen foundational skills -- this does not mean your student should be breezing through these assignments. These were skills communicated by the third grade team that most students still struggle with in 3rd grade, and this extra review time is designed to make sure we lessen the gap between now and whatever next school year looks like.
-Still no new information about picking up personal belongings from the school.
-Lastly, I would love to have a virtual celebration Friday, June 12, for the students to see each other and celebrate their hard work during this unforgettable year together. More details to follow soon as I work out logistics :)
As always, don't hesitate to reach out with any questions, comments, or concerns, and stay well!
Everyone is doing an excellent job with their poetry this week -- I have been incredibly impressed with how detailed and specific their writing has become!
Each year, I put together a large display of their 'best part of me' poems and pictures to celebrate their hard work. Even though we can't celebrate as per usual, I will be taking their work and pictures to create a presentation to showcase their writing and pictures. The slideshow will be distributed by the end of the year via email to everyone in the class as a fun memory the students can look back on. If you do not want your student to be part of this, please email me ASAP and I will omit their writing/picture from the presentation.
Stay well, and keep pushing. Only a few weeks of school left! :)
This week, we'll begin reviewing our first unit of the year -- place value.
This is an important foundational skill for third grade, and understanding/showing mastery of these concepts is crucial. If your student is struggling or you would like more resources, please don't hesitate to reach out.
We will also be wrapping up poetry this week, and there is another quiz in google sheets this week. I'm still learning how to use this program, and it may mark correct answers incorrectly. Please keep emailing me these issues so I can fix all grades accordingly :)
Have a great week, and stay dry out there!
Happy Friday, and thank you again for all your had work this week. We are nearing our final stretch!
Starting next week, we will no longer be covering any new material. After a meeting with the 3rd grade teachers, the team decided the best way to end this crazy year would be by reviewing core important concepts needed for next year. We will wrap up Poetry, and in math will go back to our first unit of the year -- place value. After that, we will revisit 3 digit addition/subtraction and word problems. These skills will be the most important building blocks of the 3rd grade math curriculum, and we want to make sure students are prepared and have truly mastered these concepts.
What does this mean for material not covered? The units we will not be covering this year (that ordinarily would be taught) are measuring in inches and centimeters, and rounding to the nearest 10 with 3 digit numbers. I will do my best to supplement these lost lessons with khan academy, and I have also found an online pdf of our 2nd grade math textbook that (if you are feeling ambitious) you can use with your student to work through. If you would like more resources on these concepts, feel free to reach out.
With ELA, we will be finishing up Poetry and then reviewing main idea/detail in both fiction and non fiction texts. Writing will be reader's responses (short paragraphs after reading a passage, using evidence to explain an answer) with a focus on correct paragraph format and punctuation/subject verb agreement.
Lastly, if you are a fan of podcasts/looking for something fun to listen to with your student, NPR's radiolab has released an entire playlist with kid-friendly content! You can find it at https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/radiolab-kids/podcasts/. I recommend starting with the episode about Space (and if you are looking to explore this topic further, it pairs wonderfully with the first episode in Neil Degrasse Tyson's Cosmos).
No major announcements today -- thank you to everyone for continuing to push your students learning and provide them will support and assistance. As always, if there is any outstanding issue or topic you would like to discuss, please sign up for a conference via my Calendly :)
Happy Mother's Day to all you wonderful Moms, Grandmas, Aunts, and caretakers out there! None of this remote learning would be possible without your support, and I appreciate all you do from the bottom of my heart.
This week, we'll be wrapping up our telling time unit, diving deeper into poetic devices, and amp up our poetry writing. Lessons will be at their normal time, Tuesday-Friday at 11am. Please make sure your student has pencil/paper, has practice how to mute/unmute themselves, and understands that they need to follow school rules on our zoom meeting (AKA please stop dancing, this is not tiktok). I'm looking forward to another adventurous week of remote learning, and continuing to see everyone's fabulous hard work!
Next week, I will have more information for you all about what our end of the year curriculum will look like, as well as some info from the 3rd grade teachers about which skills are most important to support over the summer. As always, please reach out with questions/comments/concerns/just to say hi.
I don't have any announcements today, so I thought I would leave you all a tidbit about helping your student write free verse poetry! Feel free to disregard this if you have a lot on your plate/no time/don't find it helpful :)
As a whole, writing is the most difficult subject for many students because it requires a high level of concentration on physical production (letter formation) and active working memory. Students who work slowly may be demoralized about how long the writing process can take them, and students who work very quickly may feel as if there is no need to go back and make revisions. If your student has an especially difficult time with writing assignments (getting started, avoidance, frustration) it can be helpful to have them dictate their thinking while you outline their ideas. That way, they spend less brain space on working memory, and can devote more energy to the physical act of writing (or typing, if they find that easier).
Writing poetry is unique in that it has fewer 'rules' than typical essay writing (i.e. lack of punctuation, experimentation with sentence structure, etc). Students who struggle with other forms of writing have an easier time with poetry because it is usually shorter, less structured, and can feel more creative. This is both a blessing, and a challenge. If their poetry writing is not monitored, it can turn into a simple mash up of words and phrases.
"But Ms. Hartzen said anything can be poetry!" Just because something is poetry, doesn't mean it's powerful poetry. Second graders have the capability, vocabulary, and creativity to really push themselves and think outside the box. Encourage your student to make specific choices with the words they use, swapping out overused or vague language for more honest, precise details. Something that can be helpful in this exercise is having students brainstorm synonyms for 'lazy' words (good, bad, sad, happy, opens, runs, etc) after writing their first draft. It's also important to discuss the mood of their poem. Do they want their poem to feel cheerful? Or is this a poem that requires a different emotion? Tying our word choice to mood is another important step in writing free verse poetry.
Next week, we'll be diving into more specific poetic devices (repetition, alliteration, onomatopoeia). Your student will be experimenting with these tools with the goal of producing at least 1 poem each day. The best way to support them will be quick check ins about word choice, help brainstorming precise language, and remind them to match their words with their poem's mood.
Welcome to another wonderful week of remote learning! Here's what's up:
Continuing with my policy from 3rd quarter, all assignments will be graded for completion only. Anything not turned in will be marked as 'incomplete' until it is turned in (if you need to turn something in late, no worries, just let me know when you do turn it in and I will update my grade book). I will do my best to offer feedback on the flipgrid writing assignments (almost done with those friendly letters, excited to start on poetry!) and if I notice that your student continually misunderstands a concept in math/reading, I will reach out with some extra resources. In most cases, no news from me is good news in terms of grades. The 4th quarter report card will look very similar to the last one sent home.
Thank you to everyone for attending and being on mute! Please continue to remind your student that they need to follow our class rules about appropriate behavior (i.e. no dancing when the teacher is talking, please). Additionally, please make sure your student is seated in one area, with a pencil and paper. It is helpful if they can have their camera on, since I can see raised hands when we have class discussions. Please note that the enrich reading lesson this Friday will be at 10am so that I can get to NPS in time for the joy parade. Every other lesson will still be at 11am, with the same meeting name a last week (Hartzen 2).
If there is a concept you need extra help with, confusion about an assignment, or you just need a moral boost, feel free to schedule a 1-1 conference via calendly. As noted previously, there will need to be another adult present. If you are unable to sit with your student, let me know ahead of time and I will schedule another NPS staff member to attend :)
Thank you for your continued support, and I hope that I get to see many of you this Friday during the NPS joy parade (details on the NPS website)! Go team!
As always, thank you for your continued support and hard work this week as we tried out virtual lessons. I think for the most part they were successful, and I'm looking forward to continuing them in the future!
A few housekeeping notes:
-Please remind your child that these virtual classes are not time for social hour, tik tok dances, etc. We've been pretty good, but every moment is precious right now and I want to make sure we are all on task :) Please also make sure your student has paper and pencil during these lessons to take notes/do practice questions.
-If you borrowed books from our classroom library and are finished, please return the books to the school on Monday or Friday. There will be a collection bin. PLEASE return the books before the end of the year. I have put my blood, sweat, tears, and money into having a diverse and large classroom library, and want to make sure that my future students have the same opportunities to explore reading as your child had.
-CPS released their grading policy this week, and I will update you on what this will look like for our second graders on Monday. I don't expect anything to change from what we are currently doing.
-Remember that your student needs to attend 2 of the 4 virtual lessons each week (they are, of course, welcome to more if they'd like). RETEACH lessons are designed to go over the material we will cover during the week at a slower pace, with more support. ENRICH lessons are designed to quickly review material covered, and then work on challenging/above grade level problems. Pick the lesson that best suits your needs, and remember that you can mix and match each week!
Have a wonderful weekend, keep up the great work, stay healthy, and enjoy the beautiful weather!
Clearly, everything is starting to blur together. After much digging through my computer and online files, I cannot seem to find the correct video. My apologies for the mix up, there will be no interactive spelling video this week.
IMPORTANT! Directions for joining a google meets lesson. YOU MUST USE YOUR CPS EMAIL.
Step 1: Go to meet.google.com
Step 2: Click "join or start a meeting"
Step 3: Type in "Hartzen 2"
Step 4: Make sure you are muted
Step 5: Click "Join now"
Please make sure to have paper and pencil. I also recommend headphones. Please also review the CPS acceptable use policy, and remember that to protect the privacy of all students, anyone NOT in our 2nd grade class (parents and siblings) may not be present during the lesson, and that the lesson cannot be taped or photographed.
You will not be able to join the lesson until I have started the meeting -- if you try and join the meeting early, you will either be told "error" or that the meeting does not exist. I will start the meeting 5 minutes before the lesson begins, to give us all time to get in the room and get situated :) Thank you ahea of time for your patience
I want to thank everyone once again for all their hard work last week--the friendly letters were wonderfully written, and I know we all loved listening to/responding on flipgrid! Friendly reminder to keep our video posts on topic and within CPS' appropriate use guidelines.
Here is the breakdown of what to expect this week:
Flipgrid -- There will be an opportunity for students to post new poetry content this week. I will also create a weekly thread for students to interact and talk about non-academic things, for students who want to use this platform to connect with friends. Please make sure to put your videos in the correct places! As stated in the previous post, I am not planning on moderating content past watching initial videos, so please make sure you have discussed appropriate internet behavior. If there are reports of inappropriate use or unking behavior, I will have to shut the whole thing down.
Live weekly lessons -- Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11-11:45ish. You can find more information about what content will be covered when on this week's remote learning calendar. I am finishing up working out some kinks, but will be able to provide more information to you by Monday afternoon. PLEASE MAKE SURE TO HAVE YOUR STUDENT ON MUTE when they join!
1-1 student meetings --CPS has released more new guidelines on 1-1 meetings. They are requesting that either a parent or another teacher be present to any 1-1 meetings. If you schedule a meeting with me (no longer a bi-weekly requirement, but as needed) please fill out if a parent will be attending, or if I should go ahead and schedule another teacher to sit in :) I have updated my calendly availability to reflect my new 'office hours' moving forward.
Corona Challenge -- If you submitted your corona challenge work and points sheet, you should've received an email from me detailing how prizes will be distributed. If you believe you should have been included in this but did not receive an email, please reach out ASAP.
Other -- The Remote Learning Materials button (under Ms. Hartzen's Calendly) has been updated with this week's folder of resources. We are starting some new units on Poetry and Telling Time, which should be a lot of fun.
I'm looking forward to trying out these live lessons, and I hope you all continue to stay well, sane, and safe in these strange times.
Inevitably, I knew we would have this conversation. I'm VERY excited about the overwhelming enthusiasm when using flipgrid, but please make sure that all responses are on topic and related to school. This is NOT a social media platform, and we shouldn't be posting silly videos or things unrelated to say, your animal letters. Having an excess amount of random video posts also makes it very difficult for me to find actual assignments that need feedback.
That being said, I'm more than happy to keep a weekly 'connection' thread open for students to post about their lives at home. HOWEVER, I am not planning on moderating content past watching initial videos -- please have a conversation with your student about respectful and responsible internet behavior, especially when interacting with others. If any issues arise around unkind or inappropriate behavior and content, I will have to shut the entire flipgrid down. All content posted by your student should align with the CPS Acceptable Use policy.
Thank you ahead of time, and have a great weekend!
Overwhelmingly, you have voted to switch from individual conferences every other week to virtual lesson opportunities, which I am happy to create and provide. Let's talk about what that looks like and what I will need on your end :)
Lessons will be offered on google meets Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 11am. They will be between 30-45ish minutes long. I will provide a link to these lessons in the weekly assignment calendar, as well as what is happening on what day.
These lessons will be focused on reading and math. There will be 2 "types" of lessons. Reteach lessons will review material already covered. These are designed for students who need extra help understanding this week's concept. Enrich lessons will cover new/more challenging material. These are designed for students who show understanding of the week's concept. I am asking to prevent chaos that you choose ONE reading and ONE math lesson to attend each week. And this is important: just because you choose 'reteach' one week doesn't mean you have to choose reteach for every lesson -- you can mix and match each week depending on what you feel you need help with. For example, if your student has a really easy time with understanding hour and minute hands, they might take the enrich lesson that week. But the next week, they might struggle with elapsed time, so they take the reteach lesson.
When attending a lesson, you must have your student on mute. This will prevent background noise and other interruptions during instruction. If students have a question about something, they can type their questions in the chat log during the video, and I will get to them as we find time. Or, if I directly ask a student something, they can unmute themselves to answer. I do not have the capability to mute everyone on my end, and if we can't be responsible with the mute, these lessons will be frustrating for all involved, so please make sure to have this set up ahead of time!
Your student should also have pencil and scrap paper with them, in order to participate in any practice questions we cover together.
If you have scheduled a 1-1 conference with me and we have already met once, I will be canceling future scheduled meetings. If we have not yet meet 1-1 and you scheduled something, I will honor that meeting. Moving forward, if you would like to schedule a 1-1 meeting, they will be offered Mondays and Wednesdays from 1-2. These will be held to discuss specific issues with content, assignments, or other situations that arise. Lessons will take the place of 'required check ins.' HOWEVER if your student does not attend at least one lesson a week, I will have to mark them as 'disengaged' with administration.
So to summarize:
1. We are moving to live lessons Tuesday-Friday.
2. These will take the place of 1-1 conference check ins.
3. Attend two each week-one for math, one for reading.
4. You can mix and match each week between 'reteach' and 'enrich' depending on how your student feels about that week's content.
5. YOU MUST BE MUTED.
6. You may not observe, record, or photograph these lessons.
7. If you require a 1-1 conference, I will offer time Monday and Wednesday from 1-2.
8. These changes will take place effective Monday, April 27.
**EDIT** please copy this into your browser for the "You're Toast" video
You should all have received in your student's cps email this morning a link to sign up for the site Epic! Epic is a fabulous (and free) online resource full of books. I know with this shut down it may be difficult to get our hands on new things to read, which can be boring and demoralizing for young readers. However through Epic, your student will be able to access a diverse library designed to keep them engaged, challenged, and interested in reading.
This is a totally optional resource to use. I will not be using it for assignments, so if you are confused or having trouble, don't worry about it. I just wanted to set it up in case anyone was running low on reading materials :)
P.S. all these books can be used for Friday's reading choice board activities!
**EDIT** please copy this into your browser for the "You're Toast" video
Despite technology challenges and other minor set backs, I think week 1 was a success! I was impressed with the work everyone did, and loved hearing about all the projects and family time during conferences.
Speaking of conferences, Report Cards will be mailed out this week! I have modified the 2nd grade report card, so it will look different than past ones sent home (you'll notice it looks similar to our progress reports). This allowed me to more accurately grade specific skills covered , and hopefully makes reading the entire thing less clunky. Assuming school returns to normal next year, so shall the report card :) If you are interested in setting up a report card conference, please do so with my Calendly and in the notes, just put 'report card conference.' If you don't feel a conference is necessary, then you don't need to schedule one. I know CPS and NPS are saying these conferences can only happen on April 22, but as I have already committed to meeting with students that day, I am more than happy to meet a different day/time.
About these student meetings -- please make sure you have taken the poll in the post below! I will be looking at results and making my decision this Wednesday, April 22. If you have scheduled student conferences for the week of April 27, please note I will be modifying them based on the decisions made this week. I will do my best to communicate with anyone who will be directly affected. Please do not schedule any future conferences until after my announcement on Wednesday, April 22.
Lastly, to find this week's calendar and work, click the 'remote learning materials' button on the right hand side. One note -- I had planned to do a read aloud of the book "You're Toast! And other metaphors we adore." However, my book seems to have vanished :( I will continue looking for it, but in the meantime, I found another person doing a read aloud of the book. If I can't find the book by Wednesday, I'll record another book as a bonus Ms. Hartzen story time (that will hopefully have a least a few metaphors to think about).
Have a great week, and keep doing your best! Go team!
It's hard to believe it's been a month since we've been able to go to school. While this is certainly demoralizing, I am incredibly proud of the hard work each and every one of your students (and families) has done to continue making learning successful!
I apologize for the delay in getting information about Corona Challenge reward info out -- I've had to prioritize other work which took more time than anticipated. Hopefully I will get to it next week.
Lastly, I have been reevaluating the weekly virtual check ins. It seems like trying to meet with each student individually each week for 20 minutes is not going to be a practical long-term solution. Please vote for one of the two options below. This change will not happen until Monday, April 27, so if you have a conference scheduled with me next week, we will still be meeting :)
Stay well (and warm!)
I, for one, am having a hard time keeping straight what day it is -- every day feels like Saturday, and this snow is certainly not helping my sense of time.
Thank you so much to everyone for staying flexible and open as we try many new things this week. What I am finding as an educator, is that these one-on-one meetings are probably not sustainable in the long term. That being said, I'm not ready to give up on them quite yet! My goal right now is to meet with everyone one-on-one at least once in the next two weeks. If you've scheduled two conferences (for this AND next week) I will honor your first one, but will remove your second one to allow everyone the chance to touch base with me at least once.
The week of April 27, I will probably change the way these check-ins happen. I will also be asking your thoughts and opinions on how these check ins are working in the near future, so be on the lookout for a survey posted here sometime next week.
Lastly, I know many of you have gotten emails from CPS about how this Friday, April 17, teachers will not be holding office hours or virtual conferences. I want to assure you that I will be honoring all conferences that have already been scheduled on Friday. TECHNICALLY, this time is 'teacher directed,' so I can use it how I choose (and I choose to see my students!).
If there is anything else you are having issues with this week, please don't hesitate to reach out :)
Please do NOT schedule more than one meeting yet -- I know many of you are anxious to have a set routine with these meetings, however I am still in the process of testing the timing and availability of these meetings in order to reach every student. After this week, I will reevaluate the time needed for each meeting, and if I am able to see everyone each week or if we will have to move into small group meetings/every other week meetings.
If you have scheduled more than one meeting with me, I will honor your first scheduled meeting and will keep you updated on the status of future availability :)
Additionally, please do not join the google hangout until it is your designated time. I am trying to avoid having to create a new link each time we have to communicate (to cut down on confusion), so let's be respectful and honor each other's privacy and time :)
I appreciate your continued flexibility and support as we figure out these crazy new routines together. Go team!
April 12, 2020
Welcome to Remote Learning week 1! This is a week of trial and error, so lets be ready to make changes and have fun. Here is what's up this week:
1. The Corona Challenge has ended! I will be removing that page from my website. If you have not turned in work, it is due no later than Monday, April 13 by 8pm in order to count towards rewards ( will reach out about rewards sometime this week). Please either scan/take pictures and email me, or drop it off at school to Ms. Rajanen or Mr. Coors.
2. If you have not, please sign up for a student check in this week via my calendly. If I do not hear from you or your student via email or see you scheduled on calendly by Wednesday, I will have to mark your student as 'inactive,' and Mr. Coors or Ms. Rajanen will follow up with you. It's important to stay in contact as we move forward, to best support the learning of your student :)
3. Review the CPS Acceptable Use Policy with your student prior to our check in.
4. Click the button at the end of this post to be directed to a google drive folder. Inside, you will find this week's learning calendar, as well as all activities, lessons, and resources you will need for the week of 4/13. For any questions, comments, or concerns, please don't hesitate to email me!
I am very excited to connect with everyone this week (I miss my students like crazy!) and am looking forward to navigating these crazy times together. Go team!
April 4, 2020
Happy spring break! This will be the last update I make until 4/10. Here's the important info:
-Corona Challenge work/points sheet is due no later than 4/10. Please take pictures/scan and email work for it to count towards rewards :)
-I will be reachable during break via my email, but may not respond within 24 hours.
-New assigned work (including all khan) will update 4/10. You will find all info on this website.
-I have suspended the Chicago neighborhood project for the moment. Currently working on ways we can virtually share our work with each other :)
-You may also begin scheduling your student's weekly virtual conference time for the week of 4/13 here. I have also added a button to the side bar under 'video gallery' where you can access it in the future. Please only sign up for one time each week, there are 35 students and 1 Ms. Hartzen. Let's be fair and responsible!
Stay safe and enjoy your break!
April 2, 2020
As I finish putting together our new 'normal' work for after spring break, I wanted to get your input on how everyone is doing, what we need more support with, etc. All answers are anonymous, so please be honest. THERE IS NO SHAME OR JUDGEMENT IN ANY OF THESE ANSWERS, WE'RE ALL FIGURING THIS OUT TOGETHER :) Teaching is a team sport, and your answers will help me better understand exactly what is realistic and appropriate when putting together a weekly plan. (This does not mean that you'll never see another choice board or reading passage with questions, but I will take into consideration the frequency and amount of work I am assigning.) As always, feel free to reach out if you have any questions/comments/concerns/anything else. Go team!
March 31, 2020
*update* new read aloud video added!
I have been given the all-clear to share with you what remote learning will look like in 2nd grade! Please note that this will not begin until the week of April 13. Until then, continue working through the Corona Challenge.
Please read this letter, which lists expectations for parents, teacher, and students. It also includes an FAQ section, which should (hopefully) offer even more guidance.
Additionally, here is a picture of what the schedule will look like, just so you can start getting a feel for the amount of work expected. (it's a picture, so you won't be able to click on links -- this will go live the week of April 13)
Each week I will post a button that will take you to a google drive, which will be full of folders and worksheets for each subject. I will also give you access to passwords you might need, master copies of weekly sheets (the reading reflection and fact fluency log), and will also try to include a folder of re-teaching materials (in case your student needs some extra practice) and enrichment activities (for those who need more of a challenge).
This whole thing is new and crazy for all of us, and I appreciate your continued support, flexibility, and understanding as we move forward together. If you have any questions/comments/concerns/anything I can help with, please don't hesitate to reach out!
March 30, 2020
Welcome to week 3 of Coronapaloza! I hope everyone is continuing to stay healthy, safe, and sane out there! Please make sure to check this website frequently, as there are many changes happening this week. I will keep you as updated as I possibly can :)
This week brings a lot of news from CPS for all of us, as we begin shifting over to 'remote learning' (NOT e-learning). I am hoping to send out a letter by Wednesday with clarification on what this will look like for our class, as well as expectations and a sample weekly schedule. Here are the things I can tell you right now:
CORONA CHALLENGE: Any work finished, as well as the points sheet, will be due Friday, April 10th (the Friday of spring break). I will work on revising some of these awards that are no longer feasible, because I know you are all working hard!
STARTING APRIL 13: Each week, no later than 10pm on Sunday, I will send out a work calendar as well as a link to a google drive folder, that will contain an entire week's worth of lessons, activities and work. THIS WILL BE MANDATORY WORK but should not take up more than 2ish hours of any given day. More details to come as soon as I get approval from Mr. Coors, but I'm pretty excited to share what I've cooked up for y'all, and hope you enjoy the resources and assignments!
VIDEO CONFERENCING: I really miss my students! I also want to make sure everyone is getting the instructional help they need. Sometime during spring break, I will be setting up a Calendly for you to sign up your student for a 20 minute video conference (via google hangouts). My goal is to meet with each student, at least once a week, for 20 minutes. We'll see how this goes, and if it works, great! If not, we'll figure something else out :)
SPEAKING OF GOOGLE HANGOUTS: You should be receiving information from Mr. Coors this week with your student's CPS google information. They will need to set up their account to use google hangouts, as well as access google classroom. Right now, my plan is to continue using this website as my primary means of communication and to assign work. Should this change over to using a google classroom, I will make sure you are all aware well beforehand.
LASTLY: If there is ANYTHING your family needs, or anything I can do to ease your burden during this time, please don't hesitate to reach out via email and let me know!!! We are a 2nd grade family, and I am here for anything you need, academically or otherwise. In the meantime, look forward to another read aloud video being posted sometime today or tomorrow (depending on how slow my internet is!)
March 26, 2020
*UPDATE* Math lesson has been uploaded to the video gallery!!
I've uploaded some anchor charts to the Learning Resources -- a few for math (pace value review, money) and one on prefixes-suffixes. I did not make these, but they'll be good to look at if your student gets stuck. I've also uploaded another video, and this is a good one to use with your Venn-Diagram template.
I don't want to overwhelm anyone with even more work, but if you need any other resources/have any questions about content/just want to video chat to say hi, please don't hesitate to reach out!
March 24, 2020
Today's update is just a quick check-in -- how are things going? What questions about the work expectations/Corona Challenge can I answer? Are there any other things I can help you/your family with?
My goals for this website this week are to post 2 reading videos as well as a math video reviewing money (which we had just begun studying). Please check back for another update Thursday, and don't hesitate to reach out with any questions, or even just to say hi! :)
March 19, 2020
I'm sure you've heard the above phrase 1000x from your child, as they sit and look at the worksheet you have placed in front of them while you try to manage your sanity. I feel you. Homeschooling (and teaching in general) is no walk in the park, especially while you try to manage your own work at the same time. One of my favorite authors and education gurus, Roxanna Elden, wrote a great article for first-time homeschoolers, which you can read here.
If you haven't already, check out the learning resources page for some meaningful, fun time fillers. I've also uploaded my first e-learning video to the video gallery, and am planning on having another video uploaded by Friday afternoon.
Please continue to reach out with any questions you have, or to set up a video call if you'd like. Stay sane, stay hydrated, and stay positive!
March 17, 2020
Our first E-learning video is live! Click the Video Gallery button to access a link that will take you to my youtube page. Enjoy and keep learning!
I hope everyone is settling into our 'new normal,' and enjoying some extra family time! Moomoo, Andy and I spent the morning cleaning around the house, setting up shared work space, and figuring out how we want each day to look. Structure and routine are super important for staying sane and being productive through the next few weeks. I know Mr. Coors provided you with a sample schedule for students, and wanted to offer MY personal schedule (just for fun) as well as an alternative way to structure each day.
My current routine:
8:00 - Wake up with some tea and do some yoga! Hang out with Moomoo
9:00 - Wake up Andy (who is not a morning person)
9-11 - Housekeeping time! Today we cleaned out our desk and one of the closets.
11:00 - Break time! We've been enjoying watching old episodes of Saturday Night Live.
12-3 - Office hours. Field emails, work on unit plans, read professional text, create content
3:00 - Break time! Aside from TV, we really like playing board games. I recommend Splendor!!!
4:00 - Go for a walk, run errands, etc
5:00 - Cooking time! Andy doesn't like cooking with me because "I'm mean" in the kitchen.
6:00 - Eating time! Even though we have a dining table, we usually eat in the living room.
7-9 - Chill out, work on my art (creating maps for my D&D game), and relax
9-10 - Bedtime! Andy stays up much later, but I like going to bed early.
Here is what I recommend for students every day. Rather than set strict times, I would base structure around 'work completion goals.' For example, each day your student should try to get done:
1 phonics activity
1 Reading activity (except the book project, which will take more than 1 day)
30 minutes of reading, just for fun
1 Writing activity (each major project should take 3ish days)
1 page of the NWEA packet
1 other math page
30 min fun math games/coding
30 min khan
1 hour of art time/some other creative endeavor
What do YOUR routines look like so far? It would be fun to hear what everyone is doing!!!
THE CORONA CLOSURE UPDATE
Thank you for your continued support as we navigate these tricky times. I want to make sure I am able to support all learning, even when we are not in our classroom. Below, you will find important information for the next few weeks.
OFFICE HOURS: I will be available and easily reached weekdays from 12-3. The best way to reach me will be through my email, firstname.lastname@example.org. For more urgent matters, or if there is something more easily discussed over voice/video, or if you just want to say 'hi' to Ms. Hartzen, please set up an appointment with me to chat through skype (you should be able to find me by searching my full name, Michelle Hartzen).
I will also be updating this page as frequently as possible, to keep everyone in the loop. Feel free to share any information here with other families from our class, on the NPS facebook page, or anywhere else people look.
WORK EXPECTATIONS: Paper resources will be available for pick-up NO EARLIER than 3:15 on Monday, March 16. I have created a file called 'The Corona Challenge," which is divided into subjects. Under each subject, you will find a list of assignments. Anything in bold italics will be graded upon our return. The rest should be used for practice and reinforcement.
Along with the paper copy, I will also be uploading as much as I can digitally, which can be accessed at the page titled 'Corona Challenge'. I will also be sending home cursive books (not for a grade, but something fun/relaxing to do), as well as books from my library for their book projects (please return the book when we are back!). If you are in need of any other supplies (art, paper, etc) please let me know and I will be happy to provide.
Check your student's work as much as you are able, to make sure they are understanding the concept. Many of these assignments are review, but some introduce new ideas. I will do my best to upload anchor charts and other resources to help teach these concepts. You will be able to find these resources on the page titled 'learning resources.'
Additionally, I will be attempting to upload video lessons (guest starring Moo Moo and Andy!) two or three times a week. You will find the youtube links to these videos under the page titled 'video gallery'.
I CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH -- your student should be completing academic work each day! I have done my best to make it fun and include incentives, but you will probably need to check in with your student and make sure they are on task. We will be hitting the ground running on our return, and students WILL BE TESTED on content sent home.
Lastly, if there is anything your family needs during this time (grocery delivery, activity ideas, etc) that I can help you with, please do not hesitate to reach out! We are a family, and I am here to support you however I am able. Let's continue looking out for each other and checking in with everyone. Go team!