School: W.H. Gaston Middle School
Throughout my first year of teaching, I made an effort to convey the importance of college and career readiness to my students. From the arrangement of my classroom to our daily lessons, my students interacted with college material and life-long skills. The decorations in my classroom expose students to the innumerable options available to them after high school. I emailed over two hundred college admissions offices describing my vision for my classroom, and received paraphernalia ranging from banners to brochures to pencils. Aside from providing colorful decorations for my room, these items also fostered some of my favorite discussions from the school year. Kids would take any chance to ask about the various college and university names, their locations, and characteristics. I found them most invested when we talked about what types of students colleges value. My curriculum also aligned with college readiness and access. In an explicit sense, I devoted a unit after STAAR to personal finance and saving for college. Among conversations of personal budgeting and living standards, we discussed the discrepancies between income values for various levels of educational attainment. Implicitly, the With the addition of new Personal Finance Standards in this year’s TEKS, I am excited to build these discussions into daily conversations, regardless of the material.