The overall demographic of students I teach include hard-working, fun, and in need of love kids while at the same time encountering tough home life situations. Many of my students live with a single parent, relatives, or foster families. The neighborhood is close knit, while at the same time, populated with gangs, drugs, and crime. School is our students’ safe place and I try to make my classroom their home. One unique thing about my classroom this year is that I just switched from teaching 3rd grade to middle school, which means this is the second time I have had these students!
My students remember our third grade classroom and have asked for specifics by name that made them feel comfortable and excited to learn.
The fact that they have very specific memories of our classroom makes me feel like I may have made even the slightest impact on them and would like to continue to do so in their middle school years. Knowing that they enjoyed and remembered our classroom is a great feeling and one I'd like to duplicate.
I see my students for both math and intervention class. The intervention is in place to help solidify the skills they are learning in class and the best way to do this is through fun, real-world, hands on activities. When the students think they are just playing, it is amazing how much higher they can take their thinking. It allows, encourages, and at times, forces them to think outside the box and use a variety of skills in order to solve the problem at hand. Having K'NEX as an intervention tool will allow students to have a fun and exciting while also high thinking intervention class.
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