Outside of my room, my students are teenagers. They are sons, daughters, and friends. They are happy and loud. Sometimes sad and passionate. My students are their own person, some of my students take care of themselves. When students enter my classroom they are all equals.
I teach in a high school of high poverty, so high in fact, that a grant has allowed us to offer free lunch to all students in the school.
My students are culturally, emotionally, physically and mentally different from each other- no two students are alike. A typical student reads somewhere between a 3rd grade and 6th-grade reading level- though some exceptions do exist. Most students are Latino and African American and the opportunity gaps for achievement are visible.
One thing is for sure, when the students leave my room they are scientists.
Being in front of the classroom does not mean one can stop learning, it means that you have a duty to refine your skill set as you progress in your career. Teaching is a gateway to the mind and endless possibilities.
Teachers never stop learning.
Every day students show me new things, tell me new stories, ask me questions that I've never considered before. Every point of view is important and having the pleasure of being asked the questions I've never been asked only fuels my passion for education.
The books I will use in my pursuit to further my professional development will allow me to increase my responsiveness to students, analyze material from assessment and work, create a more inclusive classroom for students with disabilities and even more, increase my overall awareness of science teaching methods.
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