The students in my school are caring and like to take control of their learning. My school has adopted an inclusion model that places students with special needs in the general classroom. It is a model that increases students' awareness of children who are different and teaches them compassion towards others.
My students attend an urban school, where 90% of the students are English language learners with Spanish or Portuguese being their first language.
The students come to school every day excited to learn and explore new ideas. Students work cooperatively to maximize concept development and peer relationships. In our classroom, we are respectful of each other's opinions, and at the same time challenging them with our own thoughts.
Recently, I attended a workshop where teachers presented books that more efficiently represented the students we have in front of us. For example, both The Word Collector and Jabari Jumps have black and brown boys as main characters. Some of the books also offer different points of view that can open students' eyes to different perspectives.
When my students see main characters that look like them, they will be more engaged with the story and learning.
I want students to know they are important enough to have stories written about kids like them.
In addition, the teachers presented books for educators that will improve our practice. These books will help me be more culturally aware and responsive
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