Teaching fifth grade is an experience that continuously stretches me as a teacher and grows my passion for education. It is a true joy to teach my students how to take ownership of their learning and advocate for themselves. I daily have opportunities to see my students transform as learners and become the wonderful, young adults they are growing to be as they transition into middle school.
The students amaze me on a daily basis with their desire for responsibility.
They love to learn and engage in productive conversations with one another in ways that I treasure as their teacher. They absolutely love to read, something I could've only dreamed of when starting my career.
Our school is composed of predominately working class families and we are privileged to have a very dedicated staff. We value communication between school and home and the level of trust between parents and teachers shows it. My classroom is comprised of about 30 students in each period, with three distinctly different sets of students - totaling to about 90 students. These students are taught from day one what it means to value one another and celebrate each others' successes through hard work and perseverance.
The requested materials seem basic to outsiders, but for those of us in the classroom, they are the building blocks for everything we do. Although it is simple to go out and purchase any of these materials, the need for them is constant and expensive.
Picture a classroom where students LOVE to read and don't even notice how much they're writing - that's our classroom!
My fifth-graders are taught from the first week of school how to actively read using text-coding, a skill that will assist them throughout life. They use sticky notes to do this and therefore constantly need more! Since I teach three different classes, we also color-code all of our materials: red, green, and blue. Using these color pens allows me to use one sheet of paper and see three different student's work on it - both saving paper (win!) and giving them an opportunity to learn from one another (double win!)
This year I am also working diligently to incorporate more organizational skills into my instruction in order to best prepare my students for middle school. Accordingly, students keep a class binder for each of our subjects and need ongoing supplies of paper to stay up to date on notes and writing projects. The materials requested will allow me to provide all of the necessary basics for each of my 90 students.
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