My students are from a small, close-knit rural community in South Central Wisconsin. Firsties, as I like to call them, are such a fun bunch to teach. They come to school with such a wide range of abilities, interests, and school readiness, but all of them still see the world with fresh eyes and have an eagerness to learn.
More than reading, writing, and math, what I really hope my students learn in first grade is compassion for others and a love of learning.
No child learns in the same way or at the same pace but giving them the tools to reach their own individual potential brings so much joy.
Our school has a growth mindset theme. Whether in the classroom or out on our own, we view mistakes as learning opportunities, try our best, have a positive attitude, and enjoy a good challenge!
One of my passions for teaching is creating a sense of community and instilling a sense of compassion and empathy in all of my students. I have really been inspired by conferences and conversations with colleagues about literacy and the power of books to connect us to each other. The books I am requesting are recommendations from two different sources: #classroombookaday (Jillian Heise & Donalyn Miller) and The Global Read Aloud.
As the Global Read Aloud website says, "Global collaboration is necessary to show students that they are part of something bigger than them.
That the world needs to be protected and that we need to care for all people. You can show them pictures of kids in other countries but why not have them speak to each other? Then the caring can begin."
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