My sixth grade scholars come to school eager to learn and connect, despite hardships in their home and community. The majority of our 400+ students come from low-income families, and all of our students receive free breakfast and lunch at school. They have access to a variety of helpful resources, such as Title I resources, but often they need extra assistance and support. We start each day by reaffirming our core values of being kind, respectful, cooperative, peaceful, and safe, and I feel passionate about ensuring each of my scholars knows they can achieve anything they set their minds on, regardless of hardship, challenge, or obstacle.
My students deserve the best, and I believe that starts with a classroom library that reflects their diverse needs and cultures.
My expertise is in English Language Arts, and I do my best to make sure my scholars get instruction that meets them where they are to help drive them forward. My teaching model includes a short mini-lesson of direct instruction followed by small group learning while the class reads independently from texts at their level that they get to choose themselves.
I have the amazing opportunities to loop with my scholars from last year. This means that the kiddos I had as fifth graders will now be my students again as sixth graders. I am so excited to continue our learning journey together!
Continuing with my students for another year provides countless benefits, but it also presents us with some challenges.
One of those challenges is providing my students with a diverse library that they are interested in. I want my scholars to be engaged with what they are reading, and for many, that will mean needing access to fresh books. Many of my students have already read all or most of the books on their reading level after being in my classroom last year. My goal is to refresh our classroom library and provide access to new, exciting, and relevant texts.
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