I have a great group of students who come who live in the south-east corner of Santa Rosa, California. They are curious, smart and eager to share their ideas and learn about our world. They live in a high poverty area and most receive free or reduced-price lunch, making us a Title l school. My students come from diverse backgrounds that include recent immigrants from South America and Africa. Most all my students speak a language other than English at home. They are all happy children who come from families work hard to make our school a caring and supportive community.
My students love our school and coming in to learn every day.
I am continually inspired by their enthusiasm inside and outside of the classroom. They love reading, art projects, hands-on science, math games and learning to use technology. They take pride in taking care of the classroom and doing their best work. They enjoy their friendships with each other learning from their community. I am truly honored to serve my students and look forward to seeing what great things they accomplish in the future.
I would like to create a nurturing, comfortable space in my classroom, a place that feels like a second home for my students. This space would be used to support my students social emotional development and be stocked with literature on this subject. It would be created with kid sized furniture; a sofa, chair, two beanbags and a coffee table all on a cozy rug. Book sets on empathy, character building, moods, emotions and feelings can all be stored in the furniture. My students would use these resources every day and for years to come.
My students need to feel safe in the classroom environment in order for them to learn.
My students need a place to read, solve problems, relax and be with friends. By supporting them in this way, we support the whole child. This enabling them to get the most out of the school day. By building a devoted space with materials for social emotional learning, I can provide my students with the tools needed to build character and become good citizens.
In the wake of the North Bay fires, I have witnessed the resiliency of my students. This event has touched them all and will become part of their life stories. In preparing to welcome students back into classroom after the two week closure due to the fires, we were told it might take two or more years for children to fully recover from this event. In our school alone, four staff members lost their homes. Now, when we talk about rebuilding, this not only means rebuilding what was lost in the fires but rebuilding the resiliency in our community as well. I know I can help the most by teaching my students the tools one needs to become smart, confident, and successful.
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