More than half of students from low‑income households
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Bringing the World to Our Classroom
Help me give my students an experience of empathy, perspective taking, and global learning through the story of the lives of a young Somali refugee and his brother.
I have the privilege of teaching English Language Arts and Science to 50 extraordinary fifth graders. At the heart of what we do each day lies the belief that we are a family. We believe that respecting and caring for one another is equally important to the learning work that we do.
I strive to provide my students with an educational experience that is rigorous, globally-minded, and acknowledges the strengths and wonder of childhood.
While we face the challenges that are inherent when the majority of our students receive free or reduced lunch, our classroom is a place of love and support. I feel enormously privileged to help guide this extraordinary group of children.
Now more than ever, empathy and appreciation of differences are critical skills to teach children. Seeking to understand others is crucial to being both caring classroom members and compassionate global citizens. It's through this lens that I teach more students more about the world around them.
When I read When Stars are Scattered, a book about a young Somali boy named Omar and his life inside Dadaab Refugee Complex, I knew that I had found a book that would help grow the hearts of my students.
My hope is to acquire a class set of the book to share so that we can read and discuss it together. We'll then invite refugees into our classroom to hear their stores while taking VR tours of refugee camps to help frame our understanding of Omar's experience in the book. Lastly, Omar himself will come to our classroom to share more about his story and answer our questions. We'll celebrate by cooking and sharing Somali food with the author.
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