My average day in the classroom begins when I welcome my eighth grade students, including regular students, special education students, and students with emotional needs. I want my students to succeed.
My students like to participate in the school drama club, which is why I sponsor this activity.
I teach in a large, diverse, K-8 high poverty school in an urban area of Philadelphia that experiences crime. Our school receives Title I funding, and the entire school is eligible for free breakfast and lunch. The students come to school eager to learn from various living situations such as single parents, foster homes, homeless shelters, or extended family living.
My students are the most eccentric, funny, and smart kids you would ever want to meet. Our skill levels and overall level of support vary by student. Some of my students require additional academic support, and some require additional emotional support. One thing that is universal is our desire to work together.
On the first day of school, we identify ourselves as a family. A family takes care of one another and looks out for one another. This is what we do. We work together to accomplish our goals.
Our classroom has been ever-developing throughout the past couple of years. One aspect that I have been working on recently is the renovation of our classroom library. We have recently seen an influx of new titles arrive that have made a world of difference for my students. This project will continue to open these same new doors.
Finding a book that my students can relate to is a wonderful gift.
That is the motto that I have found to be successful in my classroom. I want my students to read and be actively involved in their work. In addition to the books we have and the units I have created, I want to ensure that my students are challenged and having some resource guides for the novels we read throughout the year will provide some assistance.
Reacting to art is something that I encourage, whether we are reading novels, poems, fiction or nonfiction, or listening to audio, we are always analyzing and identifying the theme of the work, these materials will help us in accomplishing our goals. Finally, the essential supplies will keep my students focused and prepared for daily assignments throughout the day. When we are finished with the supplies, we can lock them in the closet to prevent anything from happening to the materials.
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