Each one of my students possesses a special talent, however not everyone is able to display their talents throughout the normal routine of a school day. At my school, we focus heavily on math and English language arts. During these lessons we do our best to incorporate the arts, science, and social studies into another lesson.
During physical education period is when I can really see my students' face lit up.
It's the time where I can see them apply their social skills and problem solving skills outside of the classroom setting.
School is a place for students to come to learn, and not just academically. They also need to learn to work with each other to become adults with a growth mindset. Now is the time for them to make mistakes and build their character traits.
There have been many times when I am teaching my students and they do not understand the content of the material due to the fact that they have not experienced it in their lives before. I like to make the reading experience as memorable and related as possible, so I bring items to the classroom.
For students who have not been to the sea, I'll bring in a mason jar full of sea-salt water to let the class have a whiff.
I'd play the sound of waves and seagulls in the background to make it more realistic. For those who have not traveled outside of our town, I'll take out my globe and show my students where the locations of places are. These are examples of situations where I bring tangible items to the classroom. Sometimes it is easier to just teach the students.
I am requesting a set of youth softball equipment for my class. I enjoyed playing this sport myself for the first time last year during a Staff VS Students' game. As I was playing, I could feel the 600 pair of eyes of students all ages beaming with excitement. At that moment, I thought to myself that I should expand this sport to my students.
Another reason why learning this sport would be beneficial to my students is that many of our math word problems involve sports. Many students do not understand the vocabulary term or even how the game works. If students live more of the experiences they encounter questions at school, they'll be more likely to make sense of the problem and/or reading.
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