tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline
that he or she teaches and can create learning
experiences that make these aspects of subject
Each student covered and decorated their own journal to use throughout the year. The students communicate their thoughts and feelings or privatly share anything they choose.
I have come to realize in the last few years of teaching that it doesn’t matter how fun a lesson is, if the students don’t have personal connections to it they won’t learn from it and they won't remember it. I have made a more conscious effort to make sure my lessons are authentic and meaningful to my fourth graders. By putting the focus on them, their interests, their passions, their experiences, they come to realize that what we are learning is significant to them personally and will put a greater effort into learning.