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Slice of Life every Tuesday.
There are so many reasons that I love being a teacher...that moment when you see a student find a book they love. Watching a struggling student finally understand a concept they've been struggling with for days. Reading thoughtful, creative, reflective writing from 11 and 12 year olds. I live for these moments.
Another reason I love teaching is new beginnings. Wednesday begins second quarter. I like wrapping up the learning from one quarter and moving onto something new. Second quarter is fun because we all know each other, students know expectations and we are into the groove of school. The focus becomes the learning.
Yesterday was spent planning learning experiences for second quarter. Thanks to the ideas & inspiration of my PLN I'm working on a social issues unit. We will be reading about social issues and researching and writing about social issues. What's better than getting students involved in the real world, while they are learning!
When I started thinking about this unit, I wondered if sixth grade was too young to be aware of social issues...boy, was I wrong! These students are aware of the world around them in a way I never was in sixth grade. I can't wait to see what they do with these learning opportunities. Maybe someone will do something like this...
What a privilege...I get to watch my sixth graders find ways to change the world!
I recently discovered that one of my all time favorite books, Pay it Forward, was made available in a young readers edition. I reread it recently and rediscovered my love for these words! I admire the assignment the teacher gives in this book and how it changes his students...