"Know the World. Change the World." That is the motto of our fifth grade classroom. My students are on a mission to learn all they can in every subject so that they can become the driven citizens who will lead our world.
My students are some of the most driven and hardest working young people with whom I have had the privilege of teaching in my young career.
They have a clarity and understanding of the status quo of education inequity that alludes many adults I know. They know that their circumstances - growing up in a low income neighborhood and attending a Title I school - are very different from those of their more affluent peers in other neighborhoods within our district. We had have several conversations about the opportunity gap and the need for students at our school to work harder and be smarter in order to take advantage of opportunities to go to college and change the world. Several of my students aspire to become doctors and nurses. A handful spend their recess time writing fictional stories to make each other laugh and dream. Still others are tremendous scholar athletes who perform on the court and in the classroom. If these students are our future, we are in good hands
Addy: An American Girl series tells the story of a charismatic & fiercely intelligent slave girl growing up in North Carolina in the years leading up to The Civil War. The series follows her family's route to freedom & Addy's experiences with education & society outside of the plantation. These historical fiction books are filled with opportunities for cross-curricular discussion & critical thinking. I will use these books to work with a small group of struggling readers. Because of external circumstances, these ladies currently lack the confidence to be thoughtful critical readers & have been reading below grade level since they began public school. This year will change that. They have already shown growth towards catching up with their peers, but we need to work even harder. I meet with this group every day & for two hours every Friday after school to work on reading skills. With Addy's bravery & independent spirit as an example, these girls will become proficient readers.
Not only will your donation enable my students to work together to think critically about a text with an enormous amount of depth and historical context, it will also provide them a role model in the main character of Addy.
You will help me bring texts into our classroom that reflect the stories of my students. Stories with characters who look like them, who have the same history as they do, and who can reaffirm them that their stories matter. Your donation will give them confidence.Read More
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