Tracy Haynes was held back in 6th grade, struggling with spelling and reading.
Tracy recalls that, as a student, many people questioned her ability to succeed until a new teacher, Mrs. Leevy, showed her that she had the power to master spelling, reading, and anything else that came her way.
The experience made Tracy want to become a teacher. “I know that children who struggle can overcome their challenges. I’m living proof. EL Education’s curriculum has changed me as a teacher, pushing my own growth mindset. It pulled me off the stage and put my students on the stage. They’re leading conversations and thinking through their own answers and processes. Even if they don’t get it right the first time, they keep trying.”
“EL Education’s curriculum has changed me as a teacher, pushing my own growth mindset. It pulled me off the stage and put my students on the stage. They’re leading conversations and thinking through their own answers and processes. Even if they don’t get it right the first time, they keep trying.”
Tracy attributes the transformation to the well-thought-out progression of the curriculum, the richness of the accompanying texts, and the EL Education classroom protocols that lay the foundation for constructive conversations.
She says that one of the major benefits of the EL Education curriculum is that it frees up her time to focus on individual student needs. “Before using the curriculum, I had to create my own lessons, which took a lot of time.
Now I don’t have to spend all my time creating a lesson from scratch. I can focus on thinking through each lesson, determining where my students are going to struggle and what I need to do to make it accessible to them.”
Tracy believes that the curriculum is preparing her students for success in life. “It is broadening my students’ thinking away from the fixed mindset of ‘I can’t’ to ‘I can.’ It‘s opening doors and fostering their ability to take risks and dream big.”
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