I teach in a low-income/high poverty classroom. My students receive free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch as well as bags of food sent home for the weekends. Most of my students are English Language Learners, I have 6 special education students this year, and our average reading level is first grade. Despite any hardships my students may face, they come to school eager to learn.
My students come from different and often difficult backgrounds but they share one thing in common, they are our future.
I am inspired daily by their ideas, insights, experiences, kindness, and potential. Our school has an emphasis on community and we celebrate diversity in a way that makes everyone feel welcome.
Our school serves many students who come from families living in poverty. These students have very few opportunities to explore the world around them due to financial constraints. These conditions, coupled with the emphasis on high-stakes testing leave very few opportunities for life-changing experiences such as this one.
This program emphasizes developing the mindsets of cooperation, trust, safety, problem solving, communication and reinforces self-worth while covering the 5th grade Next Generation Science Standards.
All mindsets that will help our students not only be successful in the classroom, but also as active participants in our global community. Through this experience, students will develop an understanding of their impact on the natural word while fostering effective collaboration and communication skills while facing a variety of challenges.
While attending the program, students will be able to make connections to the things they have learned back home, further deepening their understanding of the science standards. After attending this field trip last year, students expressed that this was the highlight of all their time spent at our school and easily the best part about fifth grade. Students were able to learn about themselves and each other, which created strong bonds at the crucial time right before students were transitioning to middle school.
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