My students need real world examples through literature, that show how people struggle with their character. Making connections will help my students become more self aware of their own character struggles and how to promote change.
Life is challenging for my students. They come from a variety of different economic backgrounds with 100% of my students receiving free breakfast and lunch. They must face and experience many challenges by the time they are school aged.
Despite so many hardships, my students are eager to learn and do their best.
Every day, my students walk into the classroom full of life, ready to learn, and excited for what is in store for them each day. However, life is difficult and these precious children need all the help they can get in regards to molding their character. Molding a child's character takes a village of parents, family, friends, and teachers. As a village, we can help mold a child into a kind, loving, respectful, and responsible human being.
The world is a difficult place to live in, especially for children. As they navigate through life, children begin to build their character through victories, experiences and challenges. Children are surrounded and influenced by family, friends, and technology.
The old saying..."It takes a village to raise a child" is so true.
My students need to be surrounded by positive experiences from every important individual in their life. As an educator, it is my goal to be an additional part of my students' village.
I want to use entertaining and thought provoking literature to influence the students in my classroom to become more self aware of their character and use that awareness to make positive changes in their lives. Each of the books I would like, introduces a character that has a specific struggle that my students can relate to. Some of the titles include:
*Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage To Be Who You Are
*Baditude! What to Do When Life Stinks!
*I Can't Believe You Said That!: My Story about Using My Social Filter...or Not!
*Tease Monster: A Book About Teasing Vs. Bullying
*Wilma Jean the Worry Machine
*I Just Want to Do It My Way! My Story about Staying on Task and Asking for Help
*Rumor Has It (Building Relationships)
*Teamwork Isn't My Thing, and I Don't Like to Share!
*Uniquely Wired: A Story About Autism and Its Gifts
*Ricky Sticky Fingers
*Thanks for the Feedback, I Think!
*Making Friends Is an Art!
I can't wait to include these books in my library. I look forward to sharing these books with my students and watching them grow in their character!!
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