Welcome to my vibrant community garden. Each of my students adds their own flair and strength to our community. Some are resilient succulents who keep striving despite coming to school with fewer resources and support. Some are bright sunflowers who shine out with their determination and skill. Some provide shade and comfort with their optimism and kindness. Others add color and nourishment with their diverse skills and interests. All are eager to contribute, learn, and grow.
I work at a Title 1 school with a diverse population; including a large population of English Language Learners.
While many of my students face challenging circumstances, my classroom is a safe space of exploration, growth, and love for our community garden of learners to flourish. I believe my students deserve the best opportunities to become inspired, discover their strengths, challenge their weaknesses, and become contributing global citizens. To best support this goal, I emphasize differentiated instruction in academic content and social emotional learning. Everyday, our garden of learners grows a little more and adds beauty and vitality to our community.
The true beauty of music is that it connects people. Music not only connects people, it also connects learning. My grade level partner and I are working together to bring music into our school. The recorders she is requesting and the music books and other accessories listed here will begin our students' musical education and be used as a supplemental tool to develop literacy and life skills.
Students will learn the fundamentals of music and life.
Gradually, they will identify, read, and play musical notes and signs by sight. Sight reading skills are required in English Language Arts reading to generate fluency. Also, students will develop a trained ear which translates into listening skills critical for comprehension and collaborative conversations. These young musicians will perform different genres and cultural musical arrangements at school functions. With continuous exposure to different cultures, students will continue their path as global citizens by increasing their knowledge and awareness of cultures that exist in our school, community and world. In addition, learning a musical instrument builds teamwork, confidence and responsibility.
Therefore, the recorders not only teach music, they will also teach supporting skills like sight reading, listening, teamwork, responsibility, build student confidence and awareness of other cultures. Theses skills are vital in supporting standards-aligned content and developing life skills.
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