My community is nestled in the woods along the pristine banks of a beloved lake. Often times overlooked by travelers, we pride ourselves on lending a helping hand to neighbors and raising our children in the ways of community service and gratitude. Our school reflects this ideology in the way we raise our students to care for each other through respect and honesty.
We want to prepare our students to be 21st-century citizens by teaching them core competencies such as critical thinking, problem-solving, and collaboration through STEM and STEAM based lessons.
Our goal is to remember and use the cornerstones of the past to help us navigate our future. Embracing a 21st-century learning model requires us to create learners who take intellectual risks, foster resilient learning dispositions, and nurture school communities where everyone is a learner.
In a world where we can encourage our children to be anything, let's encourage them to be inclusive. Let's encourage them to be diverse. Let's encourage them to be proud of their culture.
In a study done by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 50% of children books published in 2018 depicted Caucasian kids as the main character, 27% animals/other, 10% African/African American, 7% Asian Pacific Islander, Asian Pacific American, 5% Latinx, and 1% American Indian/First Nation/Native.
As educators, we need to be intentional when choosing the texts that our young students come in contact with. Not only do we want our kids to see themselves in our classroom stories, but we should also want our books to inspire inquisitive minds to be curious and ask questions. I plan to use these stories throughout the year to celebrate different cultures and bring an awareness to the beauty within our class.
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