My school is one of the largest elementary schools in Richardson Independent School District, having close to 870 students. As an ESL teacher I get the opportunity to work closely with a majority of these students. The students in my classroom come from high-poverty homes and are mostly Burmese refugees from Southeast Asia. Despite their difficulties with language and lack of resources, my students come to school ready and eager to learn.
Many of my students find solace in school, knowing that they will be cared for, and will work hard to grow as much as they can.
There are so many wonderful things I have yet to teach them. I look forward to working with my students and building trusting relationships with them through the implementation of our new social emotional curriculum during group time on the carpet. School is, and will always be, a second home to these students.
In my HUGE school, our students come from various backgrounds with a variety of different needs. This year, I am striving to educate the whole child through using our new Second Step Curriculum paired with ESL small group instruction that will help students not only improve their English proficiency, but also improve their social emotional skills to help cope with their personal struggles.
A rug will help create a safe space for students to share out and express themselves as we work through the curriculum together .
As a teacher, I hope that this rug will help create this safe space, and that the students will come to it and know that they belong here in my classroom, belong in this school, belong in this country, and that they DO matter!
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