My students are a diverse group with individual needs. I have students who receive backpack food on the weekends, behavior needs, and who are lower than grade level, along with students who are at a middle school or higher level. These students have hearts of gold and a strong desire to learn and do their best. We have added four new teachers and six classrooms in the past three years to accommodate our consistently growing school. We teachers are always struggling to have enough supplies for our over 860 students!
Next year I will be teaching reading and science. I am looking forward to encouraging lots of interest in the world around us in our science classroom. The opportunities for discussion are endless with the Back to the Roots Water Garden. We will discuss freshwater ecosystems and how different living organisms work together to create a thriving environment. We will discuss the Earth's Systems and how the spheres interact with each other. We will discuss the importance of taking care of the Earth. We will learn how to grow and sustain our own food and even taste new flavors we've never tried before. We will learn the responsibility of taking care of pets and gardens. And if the discussion arises we can talk about death and how to handle our emotions surrounding our loss. This is more than a classroom pet, it's an opportunity to learn and grow as scientists, environmentalists, and lifetime learners.
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