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!!
Doesn't it seem like we were just putting our Whole Brain "Stage" together for the year?! If "Walls Could Talk!"...what stories to share! As I remove the Power Pix from the Grid wall, I hear the echos of, " B7! What is a noun? A noun is a person, place, or thing!" I see 32 students echoing and gesturing in unity! The Genius Ladder...Spicy!! Tears of joy as I read my little EL's letter to the Principal last week using the 5 parts of a letter with complete spicy sentences, capitals, Zoops, periods! The Super Improvers Wall is a piece of Art now with a rainbow of colors all the way to the Gold! So many celebrations of improvement as we would gather and cheer for each student as they moved up another color level! The Class Leader Wall with all the great "Silly Pals" pictures comes down to sighs and aww's, as students recall the day they got that picture taken! Oh, yeah!! The Mind Soccer "nets" are all faded on the board now, but the spirit of the Game never will! Who knew how hard students would work to earn minutes of "Learning" time, not recess! So many wonderful memories of a great Team of students and the legacy they take with them for the next Season of Learning! Letting go is tough, but so much satisfaction in knowing their "back pockets" are full of WBT strategies to help them climb the next big hill in life! A Rolling Ten Finger Wooo with a Sizzle and a POP! POP POP! of fireworks to my AMAZING 2nd Grade Class of 2012!!! You ROCK!!!!!
Nancy Stoltenberg Director of WBT Certification