Welcome to Second Grade at Edgewood Primary!
About the Teacher
My name is Erik Meredith and this is my eleventh year teaching in the Woodland Hills School District, my second teaching second grade. I have taught first grade for five years, fourth grade for three years and taught third grade in the Duquesne City School District before that. I am married and have two children. My oldest is Zachary who is 9 and is in fourth grade this year. My youngest is Christopher, who is 7 years old, and is in second grade this year. When I'm not in school, I am coaching my U10 boys soccer team (the EA Rebels), active in the Cub Scouts, and watching or going to Pittsburgh Penguins hockey games. I also enjoy listening to podcasts about recent educational trends and keeping up to date in education literature using different journals and books.
I obtained my Masters in Education degree from California University of Pennsylvania in School Leadership and my K-12 Principal certification, allowing me to become a school principal.
This year, we will be learning many new and exciting skills. On the left side of this webpage are many links. The top of the page starts with reading class and has a link for each lesson and the week we are learning from that lesson. Each reading page has a video of the reading story so your child can review it at home and read along, a list of the sight words for the week, a list of the vocabulary words and definitions for the week, a spelling word list, and a list of the skills we are practicing in class. This is all so you know what to review each night with your child.
Next, there are math units, ordered in order starting at Module 1. Each math page contains videos for our lessons as we go through them and a list of additional webpages which help in practicing each skill. The webpages list what skill they will help reinforce and what unit they match up to. They are fun ways to practice the skills and the videos help if your child is absent or needs an extra review.
Next is science. The district purchased a new science curriculum this year, Inspire Science. There is a student journal students will work through as we learn each topic.
Finally, we have social studies. As we practice our reading, we read our Weekly Reader aloud in class. This reinforces difficult words and allows students to practice fluency, or reading smoothly. As students read aloud, the lesson is recorded and posted online so they can review it later. the Weekly Readers review current events and match up to a particular reading skill that the students will then practice. The lesson may require them to find the main idea and supporting details, or alphabetize words.
Each subject area also has a blog where parents and students can post questions and I will respond to them. They can be general questions about the homework, the lesson we are working on, or class assignments. As you post to the blog, other parents and students may also make an additional question or comment. This creates a dialogue among everyone in the class, so we can all learn from each other and work together to provide the best education for your child. Please use the blog responsibly and only post regarding the subject area you clicked on and please be mindful that what is put on the class blog is up for everyone to see.
Monday - Music
Tuesday - Gym*
Wednesday - Library
Thursday - Art
Friday - Gym*
*Please send children in tennis shoes.
It is your responsibility to return all homework assignments. Make sure your child has the appropriate tools, crayons, pencils, glue or paste, and scissors. Homework will be in the take home folder. Please check this folder daily for assignments. Homework is given Monday through Thursday, with very few exceptions.
Your child will bring home a colored folder daily. Inside this folder, you will find important papers the school is sending home, homework, and any work your child has completed in class. Please take out any work that has been checked and celebrate its completion with your child. If your child does not bring this folder home daily, please contact me so we can find out why together.
We have a schoolwide discipline plan that each classroom follows. Each student starts on green, which means "Ready to Learn." As students complete their work and follow directions without being told to do so a second time, they move up the chart to blue (Good Day), pink (Great Day), and purple (Outstanding). As students do not follow directions, talk to their friends during class, do not be in line correctly, or misbehave, they move down to yellow (Think About It), orange (Teacher's Choice) and red (Parent Contact). Please check your child's folder to see their individual behavior chart and the level they achieved each day at school circled in a colored highlighter corresponding to their level. More information about the Clip Chart can be found in the Anti-Bullying tab under Class Documents.
In room B206, we will be utilizing a flipped classroom approach. In the flipped classroom, students will be required to view videos throughout the year on our classroom website, our virtual classroom. Once a video is posted, students will view it at home to learn about a particular concept. The following day, the concept will be reviewed and students will have an opportunity to practice with the skill with the teacher present. The flipped classroom provides for the student to take more responsibility for learning a concept and having class time to actually practice the skill. Please check the website frequently for flipped classroom assignments for math, reading, and science.
I am unable to answer phone calls during the school day, as I am busy teaching your child. However, if you call the school and leave a message with the school secretary, I will call you back as soon as I am available. In most cases, this will either be before or after school. Email is the best way to reach me, and I am able to send short responses during the day if you have a simple question. Also, the blog for each subject is a good place to post general questions about a particular assignment or lesson. I will respond to the blog each night.