"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has" (Margaret Mead).
My hopes this year are that the students will grow to become a VERY thoughtful group who are interested in looking beyond the classroom to find knowledge and experiences that will change or enhance their lives! I plan to do this by beginning the year with looking at ourselves (interests, skills, learning styles, working independently), then moving towards working together (taking on roles in a group, facing and solving conflict) and finally, finding ways to connect and help others (locally and globally).
Along the way I am excited to incorporate technology and project based learning into our existing math, reading, writing, science and social studies curriculums. While I know that the learning curve is grand and the challenges will be tough, I also know the opportunities and successes will be worth it! I am hopeful that our class will grow academically AND socially/emotionally by encouraging a positive classroom community through different approaches (class meetings and collaborating with students, talk it out table, alone zone space).
Together, we will grow! I am looking forward to a fantastic year!