Saturday, September 11, 2010

All 106

I love my students this year. They seem much less mature than our last set. And I mean this in the good way. They aren't as "cliquey" or flirtatious. They're still just kids and it makes them so much more delightful.

I teach on the ELL team, which means no IEPs. That part of it is nice, but gosh I don't know the first thing about how to make sure my language learners are learning anything in my class. They all seem to be doing fine, so I won't worry just yet. A couple of them shatter all stereotypes of Hispanics in America. I wish everyone in the South West could meet them and see that they are WONDERFUL, with wonderful parents, wonderful manners, and a wonderful determination to succeed in a country where they are living 100% legally.

I really love that I get to teach at a school with kids from all races and religions. This week I gave a lighter load of homework with the announcement that "the several religious holidays going on this week meant some students should spend more time with family." It was so cute to see all the Jewish kids ask "several?" Of course, the Christian kids couldn't keep Rosh Hashanah and Rahmadan straight. Last year we only had one Muslim student . . . so you can imagine my excitement when the first three last names on my homeroom roster were all Middle Eastern.


Scott and Claudia said...

I'm jealous! What a wonderful cultural experience for everyone in your classroom. This year we have more Islanders and even some Chinese. It's good to shake up this white culture in Millard County a little more. We have wonderful Latino/Hispanics as well. They add much to our community and school system.
We're getting way excited for little Reid's entrance into the family. Won't be much longer now. Love ya -- Pa

Scott and Claudia said...

I am so happy for you and your students. Glad to hear you are off to another great year! Love ya, Mom

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