My students need chair pockets to help them keep their book choices organized. Promoting literacy is as easy as being able to find that book you love!
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According to Einstein, "Imagination is more important than knowledge." And I agree that the two are inseparably linked. Whether creating Leprechaun Traps to catch naughty sprites or sifting though local rivers to find invertebrates I believe education should be an adventure.
Low socioeconomic and high ESL populations doesn't stop our school from being one of the most magical places anyone could work.
Most of my students' parents work two jobs to dutifully take care of their families. And their parents instill values of respect and family loyalty. I watch my big macho sixth graders hold their little sisters hands proudly as they lead them to school. Many of them care for younger siblings at home during the evening while trying to juggle doing their own homework. They blow me away every day and I see education as their way to a more secure future.
They say Einstein had a cluttered desk. In fact he is quoted as saying, "ÂÂIf a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?"ÂÂ If that is true there is a chance my 6th graders will be geniuses. I expect my students to always have a informational text, fictional text and free choice book at their desk. This in my opinion leads to a more balanced literary diet. However, currently we keep them in cardboard book boxes on the floor. One of these days I swear a book box I trip on will do me in. They are flimsy and constantly falling apart. I want the students to treat books with the kind of magical reverence I feel for them. That is why chair pockets mean so much to me. I want them to be able to access their books easily and readily try out new books they have selected. The magic of Wrinkle in Time or Harry Potter can't whisk you away if you can't find them!
These chair pockets will improve their organizational skills and help them see the value of order.
I didn't figure out until college that the right tools could help me be more successful in academics. I encourage my students everyday to get as much education as possible. And life skills such as organization will help them accomplish these lofty goals. Who knows, maybe one of my students will be the next president and attribute her life's successes to a chair pocket in sixth grade.
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