In our classroom, we like to call each other family. All 27 of us (27 including me), love one another with passion and care. It took us many months to build the trust and safety that is now evident in the classroom, but I wouldn't trade the beginning months for anything. They were building blocks that led us to where we are now.
In our classroom, it doesn't matter where you came from, who your parents are, what color your skin is, or what your first language is.
We care about each other as individuals. We pursue relationship based on kindness and respect.
When I think about my students, I think about the unity and compassion that is shared! I think about diversity that is celebrated. I think about student lives beyond the classroom and their futures that will change the world!
We have always called ourselves world changers, because it's in our motto. "We strive to learn our best, be our best, and do our best so we can change the world for the better."
Since Covid-19 hit, students have had a lot of extra time to read. Some may think that students fell out of love with reading since our world was hit with a pandemic, but I disagree. I believe the opposite... at least for my students (who I have taught for the last year and a half). Instead of enjoying the quarantine, I noticed that my kiddos missed school. But not only did they miss school, they missed books! They seemed to have developed a new love for reading!
Sometimes, it takes something to be taken away from you to realize how much you love and miss it.
That's what I believe my students feel about books. They have an increased love for reading! They pursue good books that encourage them, teach them, and motivate them in and out of the classroom. With the books in my cart, I plan to expand my classroom library! I want to fill my bookshelves with books that they will continue to fall in love with. I want to create Guided Reading Groups that center the focus on a love for reading - that's why I chose books that I know are popular in the eyes of most children! The books in my library now are old and worn. As a matter of fact, my classroom library is just in desperate need of a makeover! If this project is funded, I tend to do just that.
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