2nd Grade - A Year of Discovery

Why explore discovery in Grade 2?
Learning to discover empowers students to construct a deeper understanding of how things work, make connections and develop new perspectives that develop innovative thinkers.

What does a Year of Discovery look like?

  • Teachers work collaboratively to identify thinking and content goals for students
  • Students are given opportunities to share and explore their interests
  • Students learn the 6 habits of thinkers through:
    • modeling of each habit
    • practice and feedback
    • application in their daily learning
    • through transfer to other learning and life experiences

  • Students interact with big ideas and complex problems of high interest
  • Students are given opportunities to demonstrate learning through varied processes and products
  • Students consider creative solutions or approach problem solving in new and innovative ways
  • Students collaborate with others to share their thinking, to overcome challenge, and expand understandings
  • Students engage in self reflection and articulate how their thinking has grown

  • The classroom community celebrates minor and major successes in the learning process
  • Teachers gather students interests and evidence of learning to plan next steps in instruction and continually revise learning goals for students

Grade 2: Year of Discovery 

Why explore discovery in Grade 2? Learning to discover empowers students to construct a deeper understanding of how things work, make connections and develop new perspectives that develop innovative thinkers. 

  4 Enrichment Practices for Staff    
Nurture Interests  Challenge Through Differentiation  Collaboration  Reflection/Celebration

How do 
teachers promote thinking?
  1. We monitor students’ personal interests knowing these interests grow as our learners grow. 
  2. We use interests to motivate and engage students in the study of curriculum. 
  3. We use interests to differentiate the learning content, the process and the product.
  1. We collect and analyze information to determine students’ readiness.
  2. We model how to ask driving questions which leads them to develop an authentic need for answers. 
  3. We present rich problems for students that promote productive struggle for all. 
  4. We provide opportunities for students to explore big ideas through project based experiences.
  1. We encourage students to communicate their thinking with others and to develop an understanding of different perspectives. 
  2. We engage students in small group and whole group learning opportunities. 
  3. We utilize the collaborative support of colleagues to help meet student needs and interests. 
  4. We seek opportunities for students to contribute to others in the larger global community.
  1. We make time for students to reflect on their learning process. 
  2. We support students in creating content and thinking goals, and we provide them with ways to monitor progress. 
  3. We make our learning process visible to others. 
  4. We celebrate our progress and behaviors as thinkers.
6 Habits of Thinkers What does student learning look like?
We grow thinkers who ask questions. Students interact with content, ask questions to deepen understanding and explore their interests.
We grow thinkers who collaborate with others. Students work with others for the purpose of sharing their interests and understandings and to develop respect for the diverse thinking of others.
We grow thinkers who create and innovate. Students explore, plan and design novel ways of thinking and problem solving.
We grow thinkers who persevere. Students identify and apply personal strategies to conquer challenge.
We grow thinkers who think flexibly. Students adapt and change their thinking when problem solving.
We grow thinkers who present their ideas with confidence.
Students make their learning visible to others.