I teach in an amazing district in the very best school with the most dedicated staff. Our students, however, are among some of the most low income students in the area. Many of them are not able to afford breakfast, lunch, and school supplies, let alone anything extra that might enhance their learning process.
What these children lack in personal resources; however, they make up for in their passion for learning and their love for knowledge.
They are bright and anxious to learn, and soak everything up like little sponges. As teachers, we do our very best to financially accommodate them as well as we can by doing what most any other teacher does: purchasing classroom items and supplies from our own pockets. Unfortunately, we have our limits as well.
These students deserve the very best that education and educators such as myself have to offer if they are to ever break the cycle of poverty.
I am choosing the Scholastic Magazine as a wonderful primary source for my students. We plan to read articles, analyze them for content, and further our education in several ways. We will increase our vocabulary by defining words that are unknown to us, thus increasing our reading abilities and scores.
It is my hope that I will be able to use this magazine to help them learn how to form opinions on current events for themselves in this era of "fake news" and social media sound bites.
These magazine articles will be used for cross curriculum activities and assignments, and I plan to share with my grade level counterparts so that their students may benefit as well.
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