Home: Mr. Banchero's Second Grade
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."