On a daily basis, I have 31 students who walk through my door that I am responsible to educate. Many of the students in our area come from poverty, as the rural location of the school doesn't offer many employment opportunities for parents. Many of them live with extended family as the cost of living in our area is high.
As we are located in a rural area it is costly to take students on field trips to experience learning outside of the classroom.
We may have a high socio-economic need and funding is minimal for a school enrollment of our size. With populations of special education students and English learners, we make sure everyone has the same opportunities as a Honoka'a Dragon!
I believe that the most memorable learning experiences often take place outside of the traditional classroom! I teach our students about the unique plants and animals that live in Hawaii, our planets remote landmass, because these species will need humans to protect them, or they will vanish forever.
One of the most inspiring symbols of the ocean is the dolphin, or nai'a, as we call it in Hawaiian so ocean pollution and health are near and dear to our hearts here in Hawai'i.
We will cover our science standards by learning about the internal and external structures of a dolphin that support survival, growth, behavior and reproduction. This will become a memory to last a lifetime as students will be able to enter the water and interact with the dolphins! The program is offered by Dolphin Quest so they have established safety practices and a targeted lesson for students in each grade level.
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