My school campus sits in a working-class neighborhood where parents and families are striving to give their children a better education. They work hard to give their students the opportunities and skills needed to pursue a college education. My students hail from all over the world, from Mexico to the Middle East, making our campus both ethnically and socioeconomically diverse. This makes my job more challenging and rewarding as I strive to teach students who not only have different cultural backgrounds but come to kindergarten at vastly different academic levels.
I hope to give my kindergarten students a strong educational foundation as well as the grace, humility, and compassion to achieve their dreams.
Students in my class will use these puppets, career kits and costumes to learn about the world of work and the communities they live in. They will experience these careers by actually acting them out rather than completing a worksheet, or watching a video about them. They can get a real sense of the tasks professionals in their community might actually do! Physically pretending to be mail carrier, chef, nurse or vet might even spark a interest that a student carries for the rest of their academic career. Moreover, using these tools to learn will also help students practice critical speaking and listening skills as well as develop better social emotional intelligence.
I believe Dramatic play is a lost art in kindergarten that can and should be used to help students meet rigorous common core standards.
Can you help my students learn about the world of work through play?
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