My students live in St. Louis City and come from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. We strive to provide our students with a rich and engaging curriculum that emphasizes community and leadership. Students in my classroom are encouraged to take ownership of their own learning experiences . A lot of the learning that is taking place in my classroom is student-led. My passion for teaching and for my students definitely shines through, and my students are excited to start each day with me and disappointed to go home at the end of the day.
Creating a classroom that is built with a strong focused on community is my top priority.
My students know that we all must work together in order to make our classroom community work, just as our outside community works together. I refer to my students as "my kids" because they are my kids. We share laughter and tears, hardships and triumphs, as well as risks and learning experiences. We are taking the journey.
I tell them everyday, "You are not doing this alone. I am here with you everyday and always."
Imagine that you are a fourth grader and your teacher asks you to take out your book and then you have to sit at your desk to read. How boring! It hurts your back, because you are hunched over your book and your eyes are strained because you struggle to find a comfortable way to sit. It is very uncomfortable and it does not do a great job of creating a cozy environment to be able to enjoy your book.
Enter Mrs Yates' cozy classroom, which will include a cozy rug and flexible seating!
It is my goal to foster a lifelong love for reading that will stay with my students as they move through higher grade levels. In order to foster that love for learning through reading, I need to create the ultimate cozy reading nook. That's where you come in!
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