Home: Mr. Banchero's Second Grade

Mr. Banchero's Second-Grade Class


We are here to learn. We can do hard things!

To be our best in second grade, we promise to be kind to others and to respect others. There is no bullying or fighting. We help each other.

We do not side talk.

We respect the teacher.

We respect each other.

We treat others as they want to be treated.

We do not play around.

We listen to the teacher.

We work quietly!

We look at the person who is talking.

We do not interrupt.

We clean up after ourselves.

We are safe.

We take care of our things.


We have fun learning.

We like being with our classmates.

Welcome to our second-grade home page. In the classroom, I hope to build an environment rich in literacy, in inquiry, in discovery, and in challenges. Together, your child as student, you as parents, and me as teacher can create, cooperatively, an atmosphere in which risks are encouraged and successes are celebrated.

At a time when the traditional structures of caring have deteriorated, schools must become places where teachers and students live together, talk to each other, take delight in each other's company. My guess is that when schools focus on what really matters in life, the cognitive ends we now pursue so painfully and artificially will be achieved somewhat more naturally.... It is obvious that children will work harder and do things -- even odd things like adding fractions -- for people they trust.

Nel Noddings Caring: A Feminine Approach to Ethics and Moral Education (1988)

"The ideals which have lighted my way,

and time after time have given me courage to face life cheerfully,

have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth."

Albert Einstein