My students hail from the community of Visitacion Valley in San Francisco, it's not only a hidden gem but it's also the last original neighborhood of San Francisco! For many of my students, English is not their first language and 100% of the students in our school qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. Despite the many challenges they face, my students come into my classroom full of energy and READY to learn.
My students are book-loving, avid readers, and enthusiastic learners.
Second graders have big jobs to do as readers. As a teacher, I want to foster that natural curiosity and love of learning in children and help build their confidence, by lowering their cortisol levels and providing calm learning space that prioritizes thinking over the right answers.
In the second grade, students learn the importance of individual action and character to explain how heroes from long ago and the recent past have made a difference in others’ lives. Reading biographies is a very effective way to see things from a different perspective.
True stories can be even more inspiring than fiction, biographies help us learn about different cultures, see life through someone else's eyes, and learn from their successes and failures.
Biographies bring children closer to different worlds with very different social contexts they may not have access to in their personal lives. The knowledge they can acquire through these reads is very diverse and extensive.
Learning about inspiring extraordinary people like Katherine Johnson, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., and the company puts this huge world in perspective for them. Knowing how an individual faced their problems, how they believed in themselves, how they were able to use their talents, and how they oriented their lives to impact the lives of others is a source of knowledge that helps them direct their own lives.
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