With the 450 plus students our elementary school uses all the available space in the original 1971 open-concept building, two newer buildings and portables. The school is a bit spread out and differing building styles but it seems to match the culturally diverse student body of the school. In addition to the cultural diversity over 68% are socioeconomically disadvantaged, over 38% are English language learners, and over 70% of them receives free or reduced cost breakfast and lunch. Despite the hardships that they face, they come to school ready to work hard and eager to learn.
My hard working students love to learn through play.
My goal is to provide learning materials that are fun and benefit all students. They enjoy working together with classmates, discussing choices and evaluating their next steps. This is the most effective way for them to learn. It is so exciting to watch them learn together and support each other.
These students are also incredibly kind, creative, thoughtful, and open to new experiences, everything a little mind should be. They are the most amazing children. They work hard each day to live "The Maple Way," which means being kind, safe, and responsible.
It has been decided that school will begin online this year. However, my students may be online, but they will be using their hands and having fun while creating learning pathways.
The materials I have chosen will provide learning opportunities where my students are physically, mentally and virtually interactive.
They will also allow our online time to feel more connected with classmates. In addition, I can assign work for my students to complete independently while I am working with small groups throughout the day.
I am looking forward to see my students get excited about being able to make and read words each day at home!
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