I teach in a low income/high poverty school district in which my students are faced with a variety of challenges that directly impact their learning and self-esteem. As their classroom teacher, I have the ability to make a positive impact on the daily lives of my students by providing an inviting classroom setting that encourages my students to want to learn.
Since my students live in this environment, they have become some of the most generous and selfless individuals I know.
They deserve a classroom environment in which they can thrive and focus on their own individual needs as young learners. Not only do they lack resources, but they are also faced with the added challenge of learning English as a second language while trying to keep up with Common Core State Standards.
Our school is one of the only places, for many of our students, in which they get a chance to take a break from the struggles of their environment and focus on rising above it. We are committed to working hard to help our students learn what they need to learn to be competitive with more affluent districts.
Our students are growing up in an age in which video games and television are keeping them from getting much-needed exercise outside. In addition to our healthy school lunches, we need to encourage students to become more physically fit. My goal is to teach my students how to play organized games that promote teamwork, sportsmanship, and leadership skills at recess. Recess is a perfect time for students to learn new games, get outside, and breathe fresh air. As students learn new games, they will be able to lead the games for younger students.
The most important things our students will take away from this project are confidence, sportsmanship, and physical fitness.
Our students need to work on sharing equipment, taking turns, and learning different ways to move. Many of them associate exercise with discomfort, or they view it in a negative way. As a school, we would like to see more students actively involved in recess games and sports. This will lead to a more positive school culture at recess time and a more healthy outlook on physical fitness.
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