Our school represents a large variety of students from various countries all over the world. One hundred percent of the students at my school receive free or reduced price lunch and we are a school wide recipient of Title I funds.
One of my favorite parts of my job is seeing the change that my students undergo over the course of the year.
I am fortunate enough to see kids develop ways to express kindness each and every day. They use manners that weren't present in August. I have seen students who loathe reading, turn into book lovers. A great part is hearing students say that math is their favorite subject because that was not true for me as a child. My classroom is full of faces and personalities that will impact our future world. As a teacher, I believe it is my job to do everything I can to make sure that impact will be a positive impact.
These books will be incorporated into class time far more than once a year. Students will read the chapter books like Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, Bubble Gum Brain, The Word Collector and others in student led book circles to promote questioning, inferencing, and finding evidence all while increasing reading fluency. I will use the growth mindset read aloud books to start our day off. Students begin each day with a writing task to get their mind going.
On days when these books are read and discussed, students' reflection and writing will be solely based on the ideas of mental health, wellness, and growth presented in the book!
Students can take the abstract lessons of mental wellness, positive outlooks, and kindness and connect in a concrete way based on these read aloud stories.
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