Many of our students come from poor back grounds. Many of the students rely on coming to school to eat lunch at all. Our student's come from very diverse backgrounds. Many of my students are from single parent homes that only have one income coming in or being raised by grandparents or older siblings. In my classroom I think it is very important to look past just the academics. We need to work on teaching them everything that will make them more successful in life. We need to teach the whole child.
I have chosen books that I think will help with teaching character and other problems students face. Each week I am going to focus on a different book and really look at making my students better all around.
I think it is very important to focus on more than just academics and to teach the whole child this really gets them connected to you and excited about learning.
We expect students to be compassionate but some students do not understand what this means. By reading these books and teaching them I hope they will gain a better understanding of others and what they might be going through. By doing this it will make them better members of society.
"I am enough" is about respecting others and being kind to others. "My Mouth Is a Volcano!" teaches the kids there is a time and a way to say what you are thinking. "Rumor Has It (Building Relationships)" teaches the kids about rumors and the impact they have on others. "The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes" teaches kids about how to deal with all the pressure on them. These are just a few of the books I have selected to teach my students important life lessons.
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