I have been blessed with a teaching position in one of the most diverse cities in the country...Brooklyn, NY! Brooklyn is as diverse economically as it is culturally. My classroom is no different. We are a beautiful microcosm of the city in which we reside.
For many decades, we were a Title I funded school and while the look of the neighborhood has changed and while there are many families living there who decided, Brooklyn, as a "lifestyle choice" there are still a plethora of families residing in our radius who are hard pressed regarding discretionary income.
When a child crosses the threshold between in here and out there I cannot afford to see the haves and have nots, everyone is entitled to an excellent public school experience and when projects get funded we all reap the benefits equally.
We all know the old adage, "Experience is the best teacher!" This adage is one of the main reasons my students must embark on this journey this year. They spend their fourth-grade year learning about history through the lens of NY and what better way to commemorate a year of learning than with a trip up the Hudson River.
The Hudson River, a reason for the Lenape to stay and for the explorers to return.
The Hudson River, a way to reinforce with real-world implications the five themes of geography. We must sail so that we might envision and imagine.
While sailing we will continue to put into practice our social-emotional learning tools through cooperative learning activities. Students will work together to hoist and lower sails, navigate the waters and to read maps. We will raise buckets filled with organisms from the river to study and compare to the organisms we've learned existed when the first New Yorkers farmed.
This trip is a way for my students to put their learning into practice!
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