I work in a low income inner city school where 90% of our student body is on free or reduced lunch. My students depend on school for breakfast, lunch and sometimes dinner. School is a safe place for many of our students and a place of consistency. Our classroom is our second home. We love and respect each other. Kindness and always trying our personal best are our most important rules, and I see them go above and beyond these "rules" every day.
I have a classroom full of students who are kind and respectful and although they don't have much, they have a whole lot to give; I learn from them every day.
I have many English language learners. Students from Guatemala, Kenya, South Sudan, Mexico, and Spain. I have students who have been in the United States less than 2 years who not only are learning the typical fourth-grade material but are learning new customs, a new language and a new way of life. Our diverse classroom is what makes us special, we have so many things we learn from each other and so many things to share.
My students and I love science! They love to use all of their senses to explore and discover new things. In fourth grade we dive deep into ecosystems, habitats and life science. Not only will my students deepen their understanding for science but will also build strength in responsibility while caring for the living organisms.
This aquaponics system will be an important resource for deep thinking and understanding!
I have a strong love for science and find it important to instill the same joy for science in my students. I find that more and more science and the arts are lost amongst the pressures to teach to standardize testing. Science is a powerful tool and when taught right it is fun and exciting! Having resources like an aquaponics system in our classroom allow us to have those important hands on experiences.
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