Budding Bloggers Showcase {Misha from FRANtastic 2nd Grade}

Today, I'd like for you to meet Misha.  She has just started her blogging journey after 25 years of teaching! She teaches 2nd grade and has a ton to share!  Read on to meet Misha and then hop over to her blog and leave her a warm welcome message.  We're glad to have her as a part of our blogging community now!

Hello Fellow Bloggers! 
I am so excited to have my blog, 
'FRAN'tastic 2nd Grade
featured on Amanda's page!

about me...

My name is Misha Frander. I am a 2nd grade teacher in Alabama, and I have been teaching for 25 years! I have been blogging for almost two months. After 25 years...
What made me decide to start my blog? 
I'm not really sure, but I am so glad I did! 

I am married, with 4 children, a son-in-law, and 3 fur babies.
My Sweet Family

favorite subject to teach...

My favorite subject to teach is READING! As much as reading instruction has changed over my 25 years in the classroom, it still gives me an unbelievable feeling when I look into a child's eyes as they realize they have reached reading goals they never thought were attainable. :) There is nothing better, for a teacher.

if you walked into my classroom...

You might be surprised! You would see a lot of BOUNCING!

Yes...We swapped our traditional classroom chairs for Ball Chairs this year! After a few weeks I could really see a difference in those very active students and even those strugglers. 
I even used one as a chair at my small group reading table. :)
It's the best thing EVER! 
I encourage you to do a little research on the SWAP, if your aren't familiar with studies on the expected outcomes.

Or...You might see my students completely engaged, while reading on a Mac Book from our Mobile Mac Lab.

"those" days... 

No doubt about it...THESE amazing ladies get me through "THOSE" days!  My grade level friends are the BEST!

Visiting our new classrooms       WET FEST 2014 (field day)

We will all be moving to our new 2nd grade wing at 
the Primary School before the school year begins.

that "MUST" teaching resource...

I would have to say my Smart Board is my favorite teaching resource. What did we do before we had technology in our classrooms?

my favorite classroom activity...

I love our annual Math & Science Day
This is actually a school-wide activity where teachers make arrangements for a presenter to be in their classroom to do a math or science activity or experiment. Students rotate through their grade level's classrooms. Students love the exploration and hands-on activities they get to be a part of during this day.

my blogging goal...

Since I have only been blogging for a few months...I just hope to keep up once school starts back. :)
I guess my goal is to post daily. I take a lot of pictures, and we do a lot of great activities. I hope to share all of them!

last, but most certainly not least...

a shout out to my Auburn Tigers...


My Teacher Friends & Auburn Football!

                    Toomer's Corner with the Husband!                        Auburn / Alabama 2013


  1. Thanks Amanda for sharing her story with us! I am excited to follow up on her blog and learn more! I love her classroom "chairs" and have been wanting to do this for 4 years now!

  2. I really enjoyed reading your post and getting to know more about you, your school and always my favorite, your family and pets! Your school looks like something out of the Jetson's future, the front is absolutely beautiful and inviting!
    Have a great year,
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