My students are really one of a kind! They are inquisitive and thoughtful, with a thirst for knowledge. Many of my students qualify for the free or reduced price lunch program and are the children of very hard-working blue collar families. I want them to have the tools that they need to be able to succeed in school and in life.
These students bring me joy and happiness every day of the school year.
Being able to open their eyes to all of the possibilities that lay ahead of them is one of my greatest joys and struggles. Some of my students have a hard time seeing what possibilities they have in life due to growing up in a very secluded rural area. I want to create as much of a hands-on learning environment as I can to make class engaging and to make the learning stick.
The materials included will help enhance my students' understanding of ecosystem dynamics and the role humans play in succession. I find that teaching students about these concepts by using hands on methods is truly best practice. In addition, many students have no clue how to sow seeds or care for a garden. By allowing my students to do this in a classroom to assess ecosystem health, soil types, and environmental impacts of pollution, they will be exposed to this practice. These lab materials are truly cross curricular and my hope is to get their hands dirty and interested in the environment and agriculture as well.
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