Our school serves students in grades kindergarten through fourth and provides rigorous academics, fantastic teachers, and a safe learning environment. We are a Title I school which means we serve students from low-income/high-poverty areas. Teaching can be challenging enough under the best circumstances, but many of our students struggle daily with ADHD and some even have the added worries of stressed or absent parents, being hungry or just having too many responsibilities in the home. School needs to be a place where they can be themselves and get help. They may be growing up fast, but they're still just children. My children deserve the very best.
When my incredible, fourth graders (especially those with ADHD or other problems focusing) can log on to a computer for endless learning or get up and move around for hands-on learning, they do it with contagious exuberance!
What I love most about them is that they are always ready to have fun! This makes teaching the best job in the world!
There's something really magical about reading a picture book to older students. We cozy up on the classroom rug and they listen intently to whatever great story I have chosen for the day. Every student is sure to check out all the pictures, and sometimes they are even inspired to write their own stories. Many of my students struggle with decoding skills and comprehension as well, so they have become reluctant readers.
Picture books have the power to teach lessons AND make even the most reluctant reader pick one up to read all over again.
I want picture books for my students like the Lonely Mailman and The Day the Crayons Quit to teach lessons about compassion and empathy. I want my students to learn about the history of the south with books like Freedom Summer, White Water, and Freedom on the Menu so they will be indignant and learn how to truly accept people. I want my students to read books like Dragons Love Tacos, Magic Hat Shop, and The Day the Crayons Came Home so they will learn how to dare to be different and not just follow the crowd. I want my students to read books like Seeds and Trees and Flicker of Hope so they can understand the power of their words. Will you help my students learn about acceptance, love, hope, peace, compassion, and creativity?
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