I consider my students one of my life's greatest blessings. I get to come to work every day to immerse myself in reading and writing, and I always thought that's what I would like best about teaching. Not even close! The best part of my job is how much I laugh with my students. Their approaches to learning and life allow me to relive the GOOD parts of eighth grade... and yes, there are some really good parts!
I grow as a person because of my students.
The boys and girls I teach inspire me with their grit and determination, when each of their lives have been truly challenging in varying ways. I am so lucky to be the person that teaches them how to improve their writing skills and help to get them ready for high school. Thank you for reading!
I chose to teach the novel Ghost Boys to my eighth graders this year. This novel specifically addresses the mistreatment of African Americans by police officers. The main character in this novel, Jerome, is shot and killed in the first chapter, and then from the "other side," observes how racism has directly affected people in his life.
Because my students are exclusively young men and women of color, it is imperative that they read literature which includes people who look like them.
I am so excited to share a novel with my students that I know will be culturally engaging.
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