Over 85 students come to my classroom in order to create, re-enact, perform, simulate, and do social studies. My students come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and in total they speak over a dozen languages at home. As an educator, it is my hope to bring all of their unique perspectives out into the open. Through this exposure to diverse ideas and opinions, we are able to come together as a community.
When my students leave, I want them to walk away with an appreciation for all that the world has to offer.
It is through our shared experiences that we are able to come closer together as a class and community. We then are able to tackle problems previously thought impossible when working alone.
The summer offers a great time to find new and engaging texts for the following year. The one I have fallen for this year is titled, "In the Shadow of Liberty". The book follows the stories of 4 enslaved people that were purchased by some of America's most famous founding figures, such as Washington and Jefferson.
Often the stories of the powerless are left untold, this book will be a small step in changing that.
I want my students to realize that the stories they hear are not all the stories worth telling. This book, with it's engaging and powerful narratives, will go a long way to helping me teach about this subject in a thought provoking way. Thank you for taking the time to read about my project!
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