As a teacher in a low-income/high poverty school district, my students are faced with several challenges both in and out of the classroom. Despite the many challenges they face, I am looking to keep things simple and provide my students with creative and meaningful learning experiences.
My students are creative, inquisitive and very spontaneous.
They like to move, they love to read and love lots of positive attention. Many of them are being raised in single parent households and receive a free lunch based on their socioeconomic status. These things may prevent them from getting ahead early in life and may not provide them with the life experiences many of us see as "typical." From the minute they walk in the door of my classroom, I focus on their potential and growth while they are with me. I may not be able to control their home lives, however, I can certainly control their experience during the school day. By doing this in a creative and positive way, I am hopeful to inspire middle school adolescent learners to continue on a path of academic excellence.
Reading is important because it develops the mind. These reading materials allow students to explore, discover, play and learn! The mind is a muscle. It needs exercise. Teaching young children to read helps them develop their language skills. It also helps them to learn to listen. Teachers need to expose students to a variety of motivating non-fiction texts that are challenging.
Exposing children to high-quality literature allows them to take in information, sort it, and to think critically with it.
These materials are what school-age children need to help them reach their educational goals. Students can attain a love of learning through irresistible, hands-on play.
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