Our students arrive ready and eager to learn and achieve their personal best. These sixth graders are friendly, diligent and inquisitive, and are active participants in their own academic success. As a magnet school, our student body is diverse in many ways. Over 50% of our students live below the poverty line and often struggle to attend school due to transportation, family responsibilities, or lack of basic physiological needs. Additionally, we have more English Language Learners than most schools in our state. The rest of the student body is made up of students from surrounding towns from various racial and socioeconomic backgrounds. Free breakfast and lunch is served to 100% of our students daily. Still, we are a resilient body of learners who strive to be honorable in our actions as we aspire to be ambitious in our scholarly endeavors. This focus allows our melting pot of students the opportunity to develop the skills and character needed to be responsible, respectful, and productive citizens in the global community.
Have you ever played twenty questions? Well, welcome to my classroom on any given day. Here's what it may sound like..."What color is the writing a summary resource guide? What color is my quiz? What color is homework for tonight? What was the color of the activity I missed when I was absent? Could I glue my vocabulary words on these cards? Can I add color to my Character Traits activity?" These are some of the questions I am faced with each day in a classroom that nurtures creativity, organization and responsibility. This choice as an educator requires materials that provide and encourage individual opportunity.
If students can organize by color and be allowed to be independent in creativity and expression, learning is fun and engaging every day!
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