"Nothing is impossible; even the word itself says "I'm Possible!" This is a quote that hangs in our classroom and over the years has become our motto. My students know that I will never give up on them, so they aren't allowed to give up on themselves.
Students in my classroom are students who have not been successful in the traditional classroom setting.
They learn best with hands-on skills and real-world relevance. Students come to class ready to be immersed in learning for their life after high school, not just for a grade. My students haven't always "gotten" school.
Somewhere along the way, they lost their passion for learning. It is my goal to try to rejuvenate that joy and passion. My students work in a competency-based program where they are no longer focused on credits, but instead are showing true proficiency in sixty areas related to high school subjects such as biology, personal finance, and literature. Projects are all hands-on and often include "real world" relevance with field trips or guest speakers. Not all students learn the same and this program is designed for those students.
When you are living in poverty, what types of food you eat comes second to simply having food to eat. This year has been incredibly eye-opening to find out that most of my students haven't had what I consider "traditional" fruits and veggies. They've never had a fresh cucumber, green bean, pea pod, or lettuce that wasn't from a bag.
Growing your own food can not only be empowering but it could also provide our students with items they normally won't have the opportunity to eat.
It is our school goal to teach our student real-world tools. Even though we live in a rural area, gardening is seen as something only "those" people do. Having this hydroponic unit would allow me to introduce students to the idea that ANYONE can garden, and that food you grow your own tastes better than anything you buy at a store.
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