This school is my very own elementary school. I walked in these same doors 48 years ago for the first time. Therefore, it holds a special place in my heart.
The students here are "homegrown"-- for a lack of a better vocabulary word.
There parents are proud and hardworking families. We do not qualify for any Title One funding because our parents are too proud to fill out the required federal paperwork.
The behavior problems in our school are basically non-existent. do we have students who can misbehave? Of course we do! However, compared to the 500+ student building that I was a staff member of, prior to this, this doesn't even compare.
Our students are respectful and hard working. They come from backgrounds with families that teach them how the world works. It is, they are, truly a breath of fresh air!
They deserve to have all of the things the larger schools have the budgets and the money to provide for them. However, because we are small and do no qualify for any additional funding we often go without.
My most important objective when I teach science is to foster curiosity and exploration. There is ALWAYS something to look at! We have two microscopes, they are in constant use. i.e. Cross Curricular--The 1st and 2nd graders have a fascination with looking at the details of coins.
The 5th graders took bugs apart and looked at the exoskeleton closely.
Kids always want to see things. Kids are always curious. Kids want to look close up. It doesn't matter what we are doing, some child wants to see something more clearly.
Students will come in from recess or from their other classrooms or bring things from home. They are so curious. I have tried hard to instill this within them. They, because they live in a rural area, have lots of places to explore. It. Is. So. Cool.
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