My upcoming class will have a variety of needs and I want to provide them with all the options I can to make their 4th grade year the best it can be!
My students are eager to learn and try new things, but they have the odds stacked against them.
I have general education students, special education students, as well as students learning the English Language in my classroom. I am a fourth-grade teacher in a low-income urban area in New Jersey and more than 90% of my students receive free or reduced-price lunch.
I am privileged to be at the same school for over 20 years. Our school is in an urban area. Many of my students face daily challenges including limited support at home by parents, trauma, and poverty. Despite these challenges, the climate of my classroom is nurturing and sets high expectations for all students.
My fourth grade students have diverse math learning styles this year. I strive daily to create an environment that provides ample time to explore different topics in math to engage, challenge, and excite all of my students even if the topic is difficult to master sometimes.
In my class, we talk about growth mindsets and that we need to challenge ourselves to become better students by changing our way of thinking.
We talk about the power of the word "yet." We may not understand or grasp a concept "yet" but we will work together during the year to become better in a topic.
The kit I want for my classroom will get my students talking and thinking about math with large demonstration manipulatives for hands on learning.
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