My students are an extremely diverse group of 60 boys and girls. We will begin our year learning about each other through ice breakers and student involvement activities. This group will be working hard to overcome language barriers, socio-economic barriers, and personal differences. They have each accepted that we are doing a kindness challenge this year to make us better people. That is what the world needs!
I am lucky to teach two very unique groups this year: English Language Learners and students on the Autism Spectrum.
I have already witnessed the compassion that students students within this community have! I cannot wait to see how these students develop into life-long learners.
As I teach an extremely diverse group of students, it has become clear that the hardest aspect to teach ALL students is organization. Through language, socio-economic, and life barriers, it can be difficult to have the same expectation for all students. However, if students are all taught how to be organized, then expectations can rise and a more rigorous classroom can emerge.
Student planners will help to connect teachers with home (and the opposite).
It's important for all parents to know what is going on in the classroom. Many of my students enjoy writing their assignments in their first language so that parents can read them, too.
Why pencil pouches and folders? Well, students need a home base for all of their parts and work. We will be keeping these in the classroom and teaching students how to use a folder as well as to continue to be organized all year.
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