The majority of my students are from low-income, single parent families. They are constantly fighting to find the balance and purpose of school in their daily lives. They, like many other 2nd graders, are more concerned with dancing, sports, and music, than they are with their academic success.
Saying that my students are creative and imaginative, would be an understatement!
Inquisitive by nature, they are always asking, "Why? What's this for? When am I going to use this?" Science and Math are outlets for my students to release all of their built up energy throughout the day! I love incorporating stations and centers into class sessions, so that they are able to walk around and self-assess about the information presented. I want my students to have that same zest for knowledge throughout all subjects. They are wonderful children, adding unique styles and experiences to our ever-evolving learning community!
I have exceptional children in my learning community that will benefit greatly from having more comfortable seating options in our learning community, such as the balance balls and stools. I currently have Do-it-yourself seating, ottomans, carpets, and standard seating in the classroom. Some of my students love sitting on the carpet and would benefit greatly by having the lap desks to utilize. They move from the floor to their desks whenever they need to write information down. However, I want them to be able to sit where they would like and for the area to be functional for them, as well.
Understanding one's cultural identity through literacy has always been a goal in my classroom!
I want my students to see a part of themselves in the books they are reading. I want them to actively engage in reading through more nonfiction texts and autobiographies. My students need to have more positive influences in their lives and I hope to inspire this through reading. This is why I thought it was important to select books about the lives of figures in African-American history.
There is a book about Jackie Robinson, an African-American baseball player, Venus and Serena Williams, African-American tennis players, Maya Angelou, an African-American poet, Louis Armstrong, an African-American musician during the Harlem Renaissance, and many more. From dancers to doctors and athletes to activists, my students will have the opportunity to read and explore the lives of many people that were children just like them!
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