As a teacher in a Title I school, over 70% free and reduced-price lunch, my second grade students are faced with my challenges both in and out of the classroom setting. My goal for my students is to make my classroom a safe, fun, learning environment where they can succeed at their own potential no matter what their challenges are.
My second grade students are curious motivators who want to learn.
My students are motivated to learn despite their many challenges they face at such a young age. Many of them have no parent support at home. Parent contact with the school is very minimal. Some students have social/emotional issues while some others have learning disabilities that hinder their learning growth. Reading levels are low. As their teacher I am their everything for 6 hours each day, seven days a week. I focus their potential to learn as soon as they walk into the classroom in the morning and give them positive reinforcement which is needed throughout the school day. I may not be able to control their lives at home, however I can control their love for learning at his/her potential.
These materials will definitely make a huge difference in my students’ learning of the world around them. Many of my students will never get a chance to travel, and second graders are at the age where they want to know and see everything and understand why. Places to explore, people that made a difference in the world, inventions that can be made through exploration. I want to infuse the social studies and science curriculum into everyday math and reading. I want to create projects that can be built on what they have read. Their finished products would be their learning outcome.
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