My school district is a level 5, under performing district working it's way back to the top! My students deal with a lot of trauma, neglect and uncertainty at home. Although for any child, school should be their constant, and their certainty and their safe space, my students have dealt with trauma and constant changing at school as well.
I've learned that my students need more than just what I was held accountable for academically.
They need tons of love, encouragement, kind words, smiles, constant positive environment and they need to learn social-emotional/coping skills.
Many of my students come from single-parent homes, and have recently dealt with the loss of a close family member, being taken from their home, being around drugs and alcohol, and live in a high poverty community. My students deserve the best, and I strive to cater to their needs. I am constantly learning with them, of what those needs may be, and adjusting practices to fit their needs.
At the end of each day, my students participate in a 5-minute clean up. Each student has a clean-up job that changes each week. They learn responsibility and to take pride in the classroom that we spend a lot of time in together.
Keeping our classroom clean, keeps students healthy and creates a positive, comfortable and enjoyable learning environment.
Clorox wipes, a vacuum, and electronics wipes all enable my students to disinfect items we use every day. Students learn that working together as a team gets the job done better and quicker. Students also learn positive communication skills when asking for and sharing cleaning supplies within the classroom.
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