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Mr. Finer’s Classroom Edit display name

  • Animo Jefferson Charter Middle School
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Nearly all students from low‑income households

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My students are wonderful. There are many preconceptions about teaching in Los Angeles, especially when my school is carved out of a former factory next to train tracks littered with refuse. In defiance of all of them, every day I stand at my door and my room fills up with polite, gregarious, eager, and industrious sixth graders. They come with drafts in hand of stories, poems, and essays ready to be shared and discussed in my composition class. They have so much to say! They bring stories about the origins of their names, profiles of heroes like Captain "Sully" Sullenberger who landed a plane in a river, essays about problems in the neighborhood like dog-fighting and gangs, and poems about mixed-up animals like the "Pandaberry" and about the first time they went on a roller coaster or ventured to a store on their own. Every day, my students read, discuss and write their way to becoming better and more confident thinkers and communicators.

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My students are wonderful. There are many preconceptions about teaching in Los Angeles, especially when my school is carved out of a former factory next to train tracks littered with refuse. In defiance of all of them, every day I stand at my door and my room fills up with polite, gregarious, eager, and industrious sixth graders. They come with drafts in hand of stories, poems, and essays ready to be shared and discussed in my composition class. They have so much to say! They bring stories about the origins of their names, profiles of heroes like Captain "Sully" Sullenberger who landed a plane in a river, essays about problems in the neighborhood like dog-fighting and gangs, and poems about mixed-up animals like the "Pandaberry" and about the first time they went on a roller coaster or ventured to a store on their own. Every day, my students read, discuss and write their way to becoming better and more confident thinkers and communicators.

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