FuelEd in the Classroom
After beginning to work on FuelEd’s Curriculum Team, San Francisco teacher Bianca Figueroa-Santana decided she wanted to explore what a “FuelEd classroom” might look like. So, she began devising activities, lesson plans, and standards that revolve around the social and emotional development of her students. The FuelEd Lab is a blog where Bianca chronicles these experiences and shares resources with fellow educators who similarly aim to develop their students holistically. We welcome fellow educators to visit the FuelEd Lab, experiment with ways to develop your students and yourself socially and emotionally, and share what you find!
I hope that you’ll find the FuelEd Lab to be a helpful resource as you begin building an emotionally supportive classroom. I became invested in FuelEd’s mission after struggling through my first year teaching seventh grade math and science in San Francisco. The emotional sensitivity that I had assumed would be an asset in our profession instead made it exceedingly difficult for me to cope with the realities of my classroom. I was experiencing the onset of teacher burnout after only two months of teaching.
When I heard about FuelEd I was immediately sold. It was a huge relief to know that my anger, frustration, and vulnerability were not unique to me. It also gave me hope that this is a problem that can be addressed. Now, working for FuelEd as a Curriculum Director, I am committed to exploring exactly how FuelEd’s concepts and strategies can be used to create an emotionally validating classroom both for teachers and their students. The FuelEd Lab is a blog that chronicles my attempt to create such a classroom over the course of the school year, and provides other teachers with resources to help them do the same. If you have any inquiries or would like more information, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow me on twitter @FuelEdLab!