I wouldn't choose any other place in the world to teach except in my current school district! My school services many diverse students and over half our student population is bilingual. We are located in a quiet neighborhood with a rich Hispanic culture. It is, however, in a low income part of the city so lots of our students benefit from school resources like free breakfast/lunch, extended after school hours, community food pantry once a month and a school closet of clothes and other care products for students in need. Being a part of such a community is very rewarding experience everyday.
I have the honor and privilege of teaching children with intellectual and developmental disabilities who range in age from seven to ten years old.
My students possess a great deal of ability. Ranging from students with autism to down syndrome, it's not my students' labels that make them extraordinary. As a teacher, I look at my students for their awesome abilities and talents, like the ten years old who can build a replica of the Titanic out of construction paper, or the young man who discovered tap dancing.
This year is our school districts year of the arts. To celebrate I have taken on directing our first school play! The play involves 32 actors/actresses grades 1st -5th. As we come closer to our opening performance, I have started to think about how to make this a lasting experience for these students. As many come from bilingual families and families that are underprivileged many of these students had never heard the story of Alice in Wonderland nor had they seen the movie versions or read the book! I would love to give each cast member a copy of the book as well as 15 major roles a version of the movie. This will serve as a reminder of what they have done and give inspiration for the future. I feel that this gift will also allow all students to share their experience with other family members. I have a couple other items in this project like the plaster sheet roles and the sweatshirt which will be used to finish costume and set pieces.
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