Hi! My name is Nancy Stoltenberg and I teach 2nd grade in Palmdale, CA. I am so blessed to live in the Antelope Valley right next to the California Poppy Preserve! Every Spring the desert comes alive with color here! Just like the desert, my second grade students put out their beautiful blossoms of growth after all the hard work of the year! They are a sight to behold!!
Testing officially started in my classroom today!! All the practice, review, "dress rehearsals", Super Improvers Post It notes on each student desk for "test strategy stars" came together for THE BEST State Testing Day I have ever experienced in my many years of teaching. I have never seen so much "heart" in my students' desire to give it all they have! The Language Arts section started the day. Yes, the dreaded PASSAGES! But wait! Everyone's underlining those important words! Now they're reading the passage again and DOUBLE underlining!! They are checking their test answers! Thirty minutes goes by and everyone's still working! The last test turned in at 45 minutes! Recess and then back in for Math! Can they do it again?! Oh, yeah! All those test simulation sessions worked! The scratch papers are covered front and back with numbers and calculations as each student works quickly to solve the problem before the next question is given. I have to pinch myself!! Students off to lunch and I'm dancing my way to Teacher Heaven...until the next tests tomorrow! Go Team!! To be continued...!!! Whole Brain Teaching is the BEST!!
Nancy Stoltenberg Director of WBT Certification