I am a second grade teacher at a Title I school. In our school, 33% of students are English Language Learners (with over 20 languages spoken) and almost 60% qualify for free and reduced lunch. We serve students who have experienced trauma, homelessness, and frequent relocation.
In my classroom, I have had students with limited background knowledge and experiences in education, but their enthusiasm to learn is never lacking.
They see our classroom as a safe place where they can learn, explore, and build strong friendships with their peers.
Over the summer I had the privilege of attending a symposium with educators from all over the globe. We were challenged to explore the way we teach our youngest learners in order to build Changemakers. I observed first hand what classrooms can be like when students have access to art and science materials. The depth of their learning was inspiring and I believe all students deserve this opportunity.
We know students learn best through play, self-expression, and the Arts.
I want to incorporate these materials so that my students can build and express their knowledge in new and exciting ways. This is how I can encourage creativity and innovation for the future.
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