In my 6th and 7th grade Social Studies classroom, you will see a mosaic, as we have students representing many cultures, ethnicities, languages, religions, and customs. Students come to class with a positive attitude and ready to learn. In my classroom, every student is unique and is valued and heard. Students in my class know that they can learn in the way that works best for them, and they truly have a voice.
At my school, we value the rich diversity of our students, parents, faculty, and staff to create a strong community, dedicated to preparing students for college and the world.
In my classroom, specifically, mindfulness, and daily community circles work to strengthen relationships and provide a safe and welcoming environment where children can learn.
I would like to go to the 2018 California Council for the Social Studies Conference in San Diego.
The theme of this year’s conference is, “Tearing Down Walls: Building Connections, Collaboration and Civil Discourse”, which connects to many aspects of our school priorities.
Specifically, I look at Priority #1, when thinking about the connections and collaboration that will happen with the Identity Book projects. I also think about Priority #2, with the emphasis on civil discourse. We must prepare our students to be critical thinkers by having student discussions.
There are several workshops that directly connect to Priority #1 that I am interested in:
Ethnic Studies - Preparing Students for a Diverse and Interconnected World
Building Community through Cultural Studies
Active Advocacy for Social Justice and Diversity Through Community Collaboration
There are several workshops that directly connect to Priority #2 that I am interested in:
Increase Student Discourse with Active Classroom Strategies
Inquiry and Civil Discourse with DBQ Online
Teaching Listening First
Cops and Kids: Working Together for Peace on the streets
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