My school is located in Cadott, Wisconsin. Cadott is located exactly half-way between the equator in the North Pole and has a population of 1,500 people. We live in a farming community filled with open spaces, wooded areas, and lots of farms. Our elementary school is a 4K-6th grade building. We are a Title I school with about 50% free and reduced-price lunch.
I have 20 boys and girls in my 2nd-grade classroom.
The students come from diverse backgrounds, home experiences, and environments. There are varying levels of academic development and varying levels of social & emotional development. However, they all share the same drive to learn new things and be good people.
It is my mission to meet the physical, academic, and emotional needs of each of my students. I strive to help my students become kind and caring adults, who accept others and show empathy for those around them.
Books are an exciting way to start conversations with younger students. The books I'm hoping to get for my second graders give me a starting point for conversations about the importance of being responsible, how to show empathy, being fair and accepting differences. Books such as The Bad Seed help students to understand that positive change is possible in every situation. The book What Do You Do With a Problem shows students that it's important to look hard at each problem and find positive ways to solve them.
Today, more than ever, it is important to start teaching our youngest students how to care about others, accept what makes them unique and show compassion for those around us.
These books will be the focus of many discussions about a variety of character education topics. They will give my students ideas about how they can use these lessons in their own lives.
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