I teach in a high-poverty, urban school setting with a 100% free or reduced price lunch population. Most of my students come from low socio-economic backgrounds and face unimaginable challenges every day both in and out of the classroom. For many of these kids, coming to school is the highlight of their week.
My 5th graders are independent, imaginative, and resilient individuals that have taught me valuable lessons about appreciating life and all it throws our way.
Because of this, I must do everything in my power to create an empowering and inviting classroom community. My top priority is to help my students understand that they are capable of rising above the challenges in their day-to-day lives at home and the rigorous 5th-grade curriculum in the classroom.
As a teacher, my number one objective is to try my very best to meet every one of my students' needs. By creating an interactive notebook to organize and synthesize student thoughts, multiple learning styles can be accommodated all at once. Whether my students learn best through visual activities, social activities, or individual activities, sparking learning from an interactive notebook encompasses it all.
The rigorous material of the Virginia SOLs demands that my students go far beyond basic, surface-level understanding of science content; making an interactive notebook is an ideal way to help students achieve this.
Of course, notebooks are the foundation for creating interactive notebooks; without these plastic-cover spiral notebooks, this will not be possible. Erasable colored pencils will allow students to foster their creativity while they channel it into note-taking. Plastic sticky tabs will help students organize the notebook by SOL, making studying and review a breeze.
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