I teach in a wonderful school that's located in a small, rural area. Our school is full of caring, inquisitive and amazing students. They brighten my day and make coming to work something that I love doing daily. I teach third grade and I cannot imagine a more perfect age group to work with. My students are at the age in which they are gaining independence, but are still eager to learn and soak up the world around them. I learn just as much from them as they do from me.
Benjamin Franklin once said, "Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn." That is my goal for my kiddos each school year.
I want each of them to be totally engrossed and involved in the learning process so that their lives will be forever changed because of what they have learned.
Today's students learn in such a variety of ways. Every child has his/her own talents and interests. As a teacher, I want to acknowledge their differences and celebrate their individuality. Encouraging students to use creative expression brings out their personalities and allows them to truly be themselves.
Writing and art are two ways I want to encourage my students to show their creative side.
This year, I began using a website called "KidBlog" with my students. It was amazing to see their growth as writers. This is a safe site that allows them to publish their writing and have fellow classmates read and respond to it. I am requesting a year's subscription for my class to use this blog again next year as we continue to express ourselves creatively through writing.
I also try to incorporate art into as many lessons as I can. We enjoy painting or creating a piece of artwork at the end of a unit as a culminating activity to show what we have learned about a topic. For example, at the end of a natural disasters unit of study, students were able to use paint to depict the natural disaster of their choice, followed by a creative writing sample written in the point of view of a survivor of the disaster. I am requesting more art materials for us to use as we continue to use creative expression through drawing and painting.
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