Our school goal this year was to encourage students to wonder, wonder about the world, ask questions, do the research, and develop ideas to solve problems. I know that even though my students don't have the same economic resources students at other schools have, my students have capabilities, talents, and strengths; sometimes, all it takes is exposure or motivation. The students in my class are the people who will go to Mars and beyond and they need to be taught how to think, not what to think, to get there.
This year I want to increase the resiliency and determination of my students while also helping them understand that we are all here together to work as a team, to help each other, and to be kind to everyone.
This means exposing the students to great literature and good discussions. Social skills/soft skills are so necessary now. When I've spoken with people in the Human resources department about the skills needed by their new hires each person has told me that they have to have good communication skills and know how to work well with others. This is my goal for this school year.
Students love to be read to, no matter how old. When we return to the classroom from the hot recess field I try to encourage a quiet time to cool off by doing read alouds. These books will be fantastic additions to my collection.
Authors have created such high quality children's literature related to social skills, growth mindset, determination, resiliency, and getting along.
Having some of these books in my class will allow me to introduce topics related to increasing the social emotional quotients of my students in a way that is calming and comfortable.
Another way to use these books will be during morning meetings. The pictures will be perfect to begin conversations.
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