“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin
Teachers are given the very unique opportunity to mold tomorrow. I started teaching because I wanted to make a difference, help people find a passion for life, and impact the future of our country. That in turn, requires me and other educators with these ambitions to challenge our students.
Knowledge is power. Knowledge allows doors to open. The one thing that I wish for my students is that they never have to be denied something because they didn’t work hard enough or gain experiences while they had the opportunity to do so. Being denied acceptance to a college or career can leave a person asking why? Why didn’t I work harder when I could have?
That leads me into our current unit on non-fiction. To introduce the students to the importance of non-ficiton and allow them to know how much non-fiction they encounter daily, we watched the above video that I created on my MacBook. It is important for students to understand that non-fiction is more than just the newspapers that our grandfather’s read, it is the informational text all around us. Non-fiction is the “stuff” the “meat and potatoes” that can lead to our student’s futures. Later in the year students will research careers they may be interested in and find which colleges and majors will lead to a career. For now, we are learning facts and opinions and labeling the parts of a non-ficiton article.
Simple enough. I introduced my students to the Time For Kids website and allowed them to read articles that interested them. They then imported photos of an article they enjoyed into their Explain Everything app and recorded themselves describing facts in the article and opinions they had about the article. While this seems like a simple enough task, it will lead into more complex projects that will require students to take a stand on an issue of their choice and defend it. For now, students are enjoying the process of learning new facts and stating their opinions.
While reviewing a particular student’s project I was tickled when it came to the end of the video and with a little gusto he stated, “My name is Tanner and I approve this message”. Not only did he hit the standards that I needed him to understand, but he also made this project his own.
We analyze and read non-fiction so we can have bright futures. My name is Mrs. Blalock and I approve of this message!