One of the driving reasons for why I teach in the elementary setting is the knowledge that strong educational access from an early age builds a foundation of inquisitive learning. This curiosity will support scholars through their entire life. My students live in a highly diverse community and attend school in a low-income region of our school district. Everyday these scholars walk through the front doors of our building trusting that, regardless of the challenges they face outside of school, we will meet them in the classroom with the tools they deserve to succeed academically.
Our third and fourth grade literacy classroom is an inclusive and cooperative learning space where students have an opportunity to challenge their thinking, cultivate perspective taking, and grow their personal voice.
Through rich exposure to learning opportunities designed to meet their personal needs, I am confident that my students will leave third and fourth grade prepared for the years to come. These are caring children who are thirsty for learning.
I teach English Language Arts to fourth and third grade students. In my classroom, we are trusted to know our own learning targets and to understand how to meet those goals through personal choice. Part of owning the choices that support our success, is understanding how curious our brains are and supporting our intellectual exploration of our world.
For my students that means broadening our classroom library resources to include visually rich scientific and nonfiction texts.
The National Geographic and Lonely Planet texts are vivid and engaging. These are the perfect supplements to our literacy program and will encourage my elementary students to explore nonfiction texts. After all, by the time my students are seniors in high school more than 70 percent of their required academic reading will be in nonfiction texts!
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