Second Grade

Her last official day of the second grade was May 20th. All assignments submitted and the last day we logged into google classroom. I learned a lot the last quarter of the second grade. Things I’m not sure I learned when I was in second grade. Our children are far more advanced than we were at their ages. But of course we didn’t have google. I’m proud of what Shelton accomplished. She is smart, creative, and a problem solver. I will share a few of my favorite second grade projects.

I learned that my child asks a lot of questions more for affirmation more than for the answer. Her fear of getting something wrong is a trait I’ve had most of my life. I get it. I learned to speak slower and explain more. My college students may appreciate my new approach to teaching. I learned that I have less patience for things I do not understand. I will be more gracious with students struggling in our new LMS. I learned that grace always wins.

Grace upon Grace

Written April 15,2020 in the midst of sheltering at home during COVID19.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 New International Version (NIV)

Grace is something I freely give to others. Grace is not something I freely give to myself. As we are entering the unknown I’m finding myself out of sorts. Home and work life merged together with questions about predicates along with reports for work. Frustrating part. I am an educator. I am proficient in online teaching. I help students realize their potential at the undergraduate graduate level. I am now now googling second grade terms I’ve long forgotten. How could I not remember what a predicate is? I can fly jets and teach students Bernoulli’s Principle and I am googling arrays, coding, and looping.

9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong

My closing thoughts on Speakes’ Smart School as we called it….we can do it! God equips us to handle trials and obstacles. We need only ask Him to guide us through it! I pray our world heals, the country reopens, and third grade will be at school.



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