“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” My school has many students who want to steer themselves in a direction rich with opportunities, however they first need to gain the skills to work both independently with purpose and cooperatively in a group.
My students attend a neighborhood school in North Philadelphia filled with many teachers and staff who care deeply about their education and access to future opportunity.
All of the students in our school qualify for free lunches and many are impacted directly by traumatic experiences.
The opportunity to learn and work together is fundamental for the future success of my students. New furniture and open space to move will go a long way to helping them develop the skills they will need to be successful later in life.
This class set of "A Young People's History of the United States," by Howard Zinn will make a tremendous difference in Social Studies education in my classroom. It will serve as the cornerstone for presenting a Non-Eurocentric view of history in conjunction with more common, Eurocentric versions.
In classrooms like mine, where no students have a European background, it is important that they are taught a history where their people are present and accurately portrayed.
Using this text, my students will gain a greater understanding of how the events of yesterday have shaped the world today.
My goal for social studies education this year, is for my students to hone their ability to critically analyze historic events from multiple points of view. Building these skills through the examination of historic events, will provide them the tools they need to critically examine current events.
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