I am lucky enough to work with an amazing group of third graders. They are all eager to learn and grow academically. Our classroom culture is built around the students' shared love of learning and support for one another regardless of differences.
Over 90% of my students come from low-income families and come to school with varying academic and social-emotional needs.
Regardless of this, our room is filled with laughter, learning, and kindness.
My students will be working hard this year to not only grow academically, but also social emotionally. We will grow to become more fluent and close readers while also deepening our understanding of mathematical concepts. We will be scientists, historians, artists, and problem solvers. We will engage in a lot of hands-on learning with projects to further our understanding of concepts.
All students need a classroom that allows them to learn and grow in to become life-long learners and reach their full potential. We are in need of some essential classroom items to ensure students are able to walk into a classroom on the first day of school that fosters learning and builds community. Currently, our classroom has a carpet that is too small for all the students to sit on together. We also need classroom book boxes and a mailbox. These are all essential materials in a classroom that aids in a students' learning and creates a more community-minded classroom. Our classroom carpet is used for morning meetings, instruction, read alouds, and independent learning. Students use the carpet for calm down time and as their safe place to independently read.
Our classroom carpet creates safety and community within our room.
In addition to the carpet, students deserve to have their own space to keep their materials, a space they get to call theirs. Students have desks; however, book boxes allow them to have a space of their own in another part of our classroom. Students use book boxes during independent work time. This allows us to utilize choice seating and gives the students opportunities to find a “smart spot” in the classroom to complete their work.
Every child should feel a sense of belonging when they walk into a classroom, especially the first day of school. Seeing their name on their mailbox, book box, and desk sets this important tone. They deserve an opportunity to build a classroom community on a carpet and have it be a place to read, learn, and interact with friends. These products will help to make our classroom a classroom environment every child will thrive in and learn in.
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