I work hard every day for my students. I want them to know they are valued and cared for. Many of my students do not have opportunities to travel outside of our community. They may have never visited a museum or been to a national park. A high percentage come from low-income households and many have faced trauma at some point in their young lives. My colleagues and I strive to encourage our students every day and give them the tools they need to be successful.
My students are developing the skills and habits that will allow them to be successful as they enter High School.
Students that I work with need and deserve an extra dose of care and attention and we foster a strong, supportive atmosphere. We use a trauma-informed approach to help all students develop their social, emotional, and academic skills. We also want to encourage 21st Century skills around the Four C's: Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Creativity, and Communication.
Remember what eighth grade was like? Eighth grade can be tough for most kids. It's the perfect age to really practice and develop the skills that will get you through high school and beyond.
From leading discussion circles in my room to quick games and ideas based in mindfulness, these materials will help me guide students in developing these crucial social and emotional skills.
I care deeply about my students and their entire wellbeing, not just their academic skills. There is so much going on in their lives and I am always striving to model positivity and honesty. A recent quote from a fellow educator Brian Aspinall sums it up nicely, "It's OK to be where you are. It's not OK to stay there."
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