My students are the future of America! Many of them are first-generation Americans whose parents moved to this country to provide a better education and future for their children. The majority of my students’ parents/guardians put their complete trust and faith in my school, and myself, to assist and guide their child/ren to reach their greatest potential, and achieve their goals and dreams, as the parents work hard to provide and support their families at home.
I believe in my students’ ability to strive for greatness and make their mark in the world, despite the limited resources and supplies that we are dealing with in our school.
We are determined to learn and grow together, to improve the world and make a positive impact. We work with what we have and use each other and our own experiences to expand our knowledge and perspectives. I can only imagine how much further we can go, if we have the resources that will meet our individual, unique needs.
I've been teaching fourth graders for three years now and I learned that students enjoy reading novels a lot more than the short stories found in our (outdated) textbooks. In fact, I also found that many students would rather read and hold actual, physical copies of books/stories than read them online. Students are more likely to feel confident, sophisticated, and independent when they are reading chapter books.
My students and I would greatly appreciate a new class set of books for literature circles and reading time so that we can expand our vocabulary, strengthen our language skills, exercise our thinking, and improve our reading comprehension.
I plan on creating and applying rigorous, effective lesson plans that will encourage and foster reading with accuracy and fluency, critical thinking, reading comprehension, and language skills. Additionally, I intend on introducing and implementing literature circles so that my students can learn about the information in these stories by delving deeper and analyzing the context. I want my students to listen and learn about the different perspectives their classmates have on the same story being read.
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