Hello students, parents, and guardians!
As you’ll soon find out if you don’t know already, I am the dork teacher who has been squirreling away passages and writing prompts in preparation for you coming to our classroom this week. I’ve been that excited.
Here are three things about me, and then we’ll talk more about our classroom:
1. These two are my littles who you will hear about often. My daughter, Ivah, is three years old and loves skeletons, tea parties, and unicorns. My son, Bruce, will be a year old in October. He is a momma’s boy who loves smiling and being outside!
2. We are going to talk about books. A lot. I am one of those who reads 3-4 books at a time because I get bored and I want to switch it up (which is a good way to work through books).
Villette by Charlotte Bronte is my all-time favorite book. It’s first wave feminism, from the gothic literary era, and looks at Lucy Snowe’s mental breakdown. It’s semi-autobiographical, and it is not a predictable book! You can check out more books I’ve read and what I think of them.
3. One last thing about me is that I love funky holidays. You’ll see them daily on our slidedeck for the day; the reason being is that I believe there is something to celebrate everyday. The theme for the month of September is Hispanic Heritage! Here is a link to books by Hispanic writers.
Alright, you’ve read this far, so you’re wanting to learn more about our classroom, what I expect, what it will look like, etc. My philosophy is that we are a living, breathing, ecosystem where everyone contributes and coexists. Everyone can contribute to learning in his/her/their way, but they cannot get in the way of anyone’s learning–including the self.
Please know that we are all on the same team: myself, your parent or guardian, and you, the student. No one is here to sabotage your education, ruin your grades, or prevent you from succeeding. I do have expectations, guidelines, and rules. However, they are not out of reach. We will coexist and contribute together to ensure your success, and I will consistently remind you that we are on the same team.
I also want to emphasize to you that I will not limit you so long as it pertains to our current learning and your parent/guardian permits it. For example, if you want to read Stephen King’s It, I am okay with that if you and your parent are. If you want to write a narrative and it uses strong language (tastefully and relevantly), I am okay with that. You need room to explore and create to in order to create yourself, and I want to give you that space. Just make sure you keep me and your parent in league with your plans so that we can still stay on the same team!
We’re going to have a great year, and I’m excited to meet you or see you again!