My students are a diverse mix representing all ethnicities and religions. They are inquisitive, collaborative and advocates for the best education possible for themselves.
Critical thinking is a strong component of the curriculum and students are pushed to reflect beyond their ken.
My students are committed to achieving and gaining insight into other cultures. Having watched the thoughtful and insightful Ted talk "Danger of a Single Story" my students consistently strive to uncover everyone's role, especially when studying American history. Whether understanding how the Haitian Revolution impacted the Louisiana Purchase, the absence of the Middle East at the Treaty of Versailles and the correlation to global challenges in 2018, or discovering the ingenuity of women and people of color on major inventions of the 20th century -light bulb, telephone, irrigation etc. - these middle school students practice inclusiveness and inquiry based learning daily. I am inspired everyday as my students continue to challenge me and am privileged to say "I am a teacher".
I teach both the Social Sciences and Language Arts, providing opportunities for students to synthesize information and recognize the importance of inclusion when studying people, governments, and social structures. All voices should be heard, especially those who are not considered dominant.
I have chosen a variety of books and one DVD that will never be out of commission in my classroom!
Young adults today are aware that they live in a society that is multi-cultural and all cultures are relevant! They are genuinely responsive and always engrossed when they have the opportunity to widen their horizons from exposure to fiction and non-fiction stories, which impact their lives and challenge their social structures/boundaries.
Whether reading realistic fiction or informational texts, the value for young adults in ascertaining the catalysts and threads that relate to the formation of laws, societal norms, movements and cultural shifts is transformative for them! I am excited for my students to read these books, listen to new voices, and the discussions/projects that will be generated.
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