Be Transparent and Communicative

By Ali Alowonle

Award: Finalist for Minnesota’s 2017 Teacher of the Year award, nominated for Clark County's New Teacher of the Year award

My homeroom is 4th- and 5th-graders: 21 gifted students, a mix of boys and girls. It’s nice because the 5th-graders are really the mentors, and next year the 4th-graders get to take on that role. It’s a really great chance for them to grow in leadership. Looping also lets us hit the ground running. I know half my students already at the start of the year....

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  • About the Author:

    Alison Alowonle is a 4th and 5th-grade gifted teacher at Excelsior Elementary in Minnetonka, Minnesota.

    Anthony Johnson is a 5th-grade science and social studies teacher at Isenberg Elementary School in Salisbury, NC.

    Jamie Reese is a K-3 teacher at Mountain View Elementary in Simi Valley, CA.