It’s better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it -A. Karlan (5th grade teacher)
Years of experience
Students this year
I will be starting my 16th year of teaching this fall! I have taught kindergarten, first grade and third grade. But my heart is with the older kids! This upcoming year will be my 12th fifth grade class and I’m excited! Fifth graders still love being read to, they still want to please their teachers and they get my sense of humor! The curriculum is fantastic in this grade level too! I’ve gone through periods where I think I’d like to try another grade level, but then I notice how my babies blossom and mature by the end of the year and I know I want to be part of that journey before they leave their Elementary school chapter. They keep me on my toes and aren’t afraid to point out my mistakes! Lol...and I make quite a few! But that makes me relatable to them and makes me more human. I connect with these kids so much, there are often tears at the end of the year. I am so proud of them all!
How will funding help my students?
I prepare my fifth graders for their middle school careers. I believe one of the biggest factors for success is organization. Since they will be traveling to multiple classrooms and teachers next year, I prepare them for this by organizing their subjects in different colored notebooks and folders. Each student will receive 4 different colored notebooks for each of their core subjects: math, science, social studies and language arts. They will also have matching folders for each subject. This method not only teaches them organization, but accountability and responsibility. Students know exactly where to put each and every assignment they are working on. Organization leads to less clutter, and therefore less anxiety in class. Students tend to find things easily and it teaches routines in keeping the needed materials in the correct places. I know that every year I have done this, my students are ready to take on what is in store for them the next year as middle schoolers! Unfortunately, this endeavor is costly for my pocketbook and every year I struggle to maintain this system due to rising costs! Please help!
Number of students who will be impacted: 34
1508 West 254th Street, Harbor City, CA
- Grades: 5th
- Students: 34
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