Where to begin? I will be teaching three 5th grade science classes this year for a total of about 66 students. The group of students I will be teaching this year is incredibly special to me. These were my first students when I was hired at this school 5 years ago. I have been able to develop a meaningful relationship with them and their families.
The students have become my children and their parents have become family.
They are bright and creative. My students love to be challenged and able to express their understanding in multiple ways. Many of them demonstrate their strengths through creative writing, artistic abilities, musically, and athletically. They get enjoyment out of the use of technology and hands-on learning.
They are resilient. I work at a Title 1 charter school where 100% of our students receive a free lunch. Despite struggles and hardships they may face at home, they come to school ready and willing to learn and are determined to push themselves to their highest potential.
Technology is a huge part of my students lives. Being 10-12 years old, they have never known a world without technology- and they never will.
Despite this, because we are at a Title I school, many of my students do not have technology at home, and our school does not have the resources to supply all classrooms with technology on a daily basis.
Students will use these computers to conduct research and create their science fair projects, to complete weekly assessments to check for understanding of a topic, and during small group instruction using an online textbook. Students will also use these computers to complete iReady lessons, a personalized curriculum tailored to each student's knowledge and misconceptions.
Technology is integrated in the STEAM model (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics.) Being my first year teaching Science in isolation, I want to make the experience as meaningful, rememberable, and engaging as I can.
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