Picture a group of kids who are growing up in homeless housing. That's my room. As one of the few states that guarantee family housing, our shelters are overflowing. The state has purchased temporary apartment housing near our school, and well over half of our population is in our area for a short, undetermined amount of time. With one hundred percent of our student body receiving free breakfast, lunch and snack, school is their safe place.
Despite obstacles that would be too much for many adults, they remain bright, funny, and fun-loving, and they really enjoy the safety and security that school brings.
Our school not only keeps the kids safe, but it's a place where learning comes alive and is so fun!
I have vivid memories of the year I fell in love with manatees: I was in 5th grade, and there was a book in our classroom library. It had a shiny cover and I poured over it for hours. As an adult, I continue my passion for all things nature, with such a special spot for those creatures I first glimpsed in a book, many years ago.
My wish for my students is to add STEM books to our classroom library so they might also have that very same experience of opening a book, pouring over the pictures and deciding to be a creator, a designer, or engineer and maker.
Technology is ever and quite rapidly changing, making fostering a passion and joy for it just as important as reading and math. Combining STEM and literacy presents an exciting opportunity for the beginnings of what will ultimately be our Makerspace where students can continue to foster a new found love of stem with hands-on experiences.
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