I teach second grade at a neighborhood elementary school in Florida. My class is comprised of 19 students from diverse backgrounds with various learning needs and challenges. They represent over five countries and three different languages. My students are eager learners. Every morning they enter the room with big smiles on their faces ready to learn. They are motivated by hands-on, engaging activities. They take pride in their work and are always striving for more knowledge.
We are a Title I school, which means that a high population of students receive free or reduced-price lunch.
To engage my students, I transform the classroom several times a year. My students look forward to days where I transform my classroom into a different destination. Some of our transformations are Camp Read-a-Lot, Summer Pool Day, Book Tasting Day, Shark Week, etc. For Camp Read-a-Lot, I set up real tents in the classroom and focus on reading skills. For our Book Tasting Day, the classroom becomes a restaurant where students can “taste” different genre books and find a love for a new author.
Transforming my classroom allows me to engage my diverse learners and create a learning experience they will always remember.
These days are perfect to engage students with disabilities, ADHD, ESOL, and gifted.
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