Welcome to the Beavers Classroom

2nd Grade

The Beavers class children range in age from 7 to 8. 

In this classroom, it is my goal to create a safe, supportive and welcoming environment where the key to success is every child being valued and respected. My goals for the classroom during the first six weeks are to create a climate of warmth and safety and establish expectations about the ways we will learn together.      

Our classroom will have flexible seating. Instead of having the traditional desk seating, our classroom has a variety of seating options, including cozy chairs, pillows, and a couch as well as tables with chairs. Having flexible seating gives student choices, having a choice in their seating will help promote active learning, encourages students to take responsibility for their learning, develops a sense of community and builds social skills. Students will be able to choose their own seat daily and be able to work in a location that will suit them in their learning. 

‘Morning Meeting’ is an essential part of the school day that allows the goals of the first six weeks to be accomplished and for the classroom community to grow. The purposes of Morning Meeting are many. It serves as a transition from home to school, helps children to feel welcome and known, sets the tone for the day, creates a climate of trust, increases students’ confidence and investment in learning, provides a meaningful context for teaching and practicing academic skills, encourages cooperation and inclusion, and improves children’s communication skills.

Morning Meeting consists of four parts:
1-Greeting     2-Sharing     3-Group Activity      4-Morning Message

Other steps to develop classroom community are creating hopes for the school year and deciding as a class what rules are needed to have success as a community of learners to achieve their hopes for the school year. 

Beavers Educator: Kelsey

Kelsey moved up to Grand Marais from Minneapolis in October of 2018. This will be her first year teaching, although her second year at GES, as she spent a year as a Wolves para. Kelsey grew up in a small town in central California and moved to Minneapolis to study Elementary Education at Augsburg College in 2011. She was able to become a para in 1st and 2nd grade in the same school she student taught in. During her time in college, she was a member of the college swim team at Augsburg and finished her college swim career as a captain. She has also been able to be a swim coach and swim instructor for the last five years. Before her move up she worked in Minneapolis at Kinderberry Hill as a preschool teacher.

Outside of school, Kelsey loves to be out on the lake in the canoe, hiking with her boyfriend and pups, going to workout classes at the Y, or reading a new mystery novel.

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Great Expectations is a free public school in Grand Marais, Minnesota that works from the principle of “one child at a time,” where students learn based on their individual strengths, passions, needs, and learning styles


PO Box 310
Grand Marais, MN 55604