My students…how do I put into words the young minds entrusted to my charge that will grow and change the world through respect, creativity, energy, excitement, knowledge, problem-solving, and collaborating…I don’t. Instead, I spur them into action by constructing an environment filled with opportunities that challenge them to think and grow beyond anyone’s wildest imagination.
My students come from various cultures and socioeconomic levels, but in my class they are a family of learners, growing through experience, mistakes, trials, determination, perseverance, hard work.
I tell my students to dream big and in return, they challenge me to dream bigger. They do not want to be bystanders in their learning but at the center of the action creating, constructing, and exploring. The focus is not on the learning of today but the education they will need to make a lasting impact on the world of tomorrow.
My students are my heroes. In a world where I can be anything, I am thankful and honored to be their teacher. However, I cannot be the teacher my students deserve, and I aspire to be without help from the outside community. You are the dream makers.
First grade is the cornerstone to all future learning. What happens in the classrooms ignites a fire for the awe and wonder found in the learning process or snuffs out the desire to question and seek meaning in deep and diverse situations. Math is a cornerstone to making sense of the world; it is a universal language that invites all students into the conversation. The simple act of solving equations enhances logical thinking ability and improves mental agility. Through the mastering of these concepts, a different way of thinking is possible. Science promotes curiosity, and given the right tools, the barriers to children’s inquisitiveness are removed, paving the way for them to put their thoughts into action. Through observations and experiments, they learn to disentangle problems and answer questions.
The key is in the tools, and that is why providing the students with a safe surface that encourages and supports this kind of inquiry is critical to the study of math and science.
However, it is even farther reaching than that. Children need workspaces that are open and inviting to the sharing of ideas and thinking. Ellen Booth Church said, “When we focus on the social and emotional aspect of working together on a science, math, literacy activity, we create a balanced experience that helps children in all aspects of development.” Providing diverse, rich learning experiences requires spaces that inspire students to tackle more complex problems than they would have been able to do individually.
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