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As a teacher in a low-income elementary school, my students are faced with challenges both in and out of the classroom. Despite the many obstacles they face, I look to provide my students with creative and meaningful learning experiences each day. For the past six years, I have had the privilege of teaching kindergarten and third grade at a school that I love. This year I will take on the grand adventure of teaching 6th grade. The students at our school are bright, happy, and determined. Many of them are being raised in single parent households and receive a free lunch based on their socioeconomic status. These things may not provide them with the life experiences many of us see as "typical". From the minute they walk in the door of my classroom I will focus on their potential and growth while they are with me. I may not be able to control their home lives, however, I can certainly control their experience during the school day.
Teaching 6th grade is better than I ever imagined! My teacher partners and I have been able to slowly build a class library with books that will inspire and guide our students in their academic adventure. We hope to continue to build our collection of books so that our students will love reading and be able to enjoy the books for year to come. Reading is such an important foundation for all areas of academics. My hope is that students will explore the diverse collection and learn more about the world and themselves. The books will be used to inspire, guide, and teach my students about the vast world outside of our small school. We plan to use the books for independent reading time, book clubs, and as mentor texts across all academic areas. We want to give our students the opportunity to continue to fall in love with learning through reading.