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Ms. Rodriguez’s Classroom Edit display name

  • Gov Sanford Dole Middle School
  • Honolulu, HI
  • More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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My students are like any other middle school students, and yet they are not. They exhibit the same frustrations, sweetness, insecurities, boldness, and curiosity of typical 12- and 13-year old children. But, my students must navigate a number of stressors unique to their community. My students live in a working class neighborhood with two of the largest federally subsidized housing projects in the State. As a result, over 79% of our students receive free or reduced lunch. Many of our students are first or second generation immigrants from countries throughout the Pacific. About 28% of our students have limited or no English proficiency. My students regularly grapple with issues related to racism, poverty, and culture clashes from within and outside their families, in addition to the social pressures of being a teenager. Through it all, my media students show up every day eager to create, to learn new things and to produce work they can be proud of.

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My students are like any other middle school students, and yet they are not. They exhibit the same frustrations, sweetness, insecurities, boldness, and curiosity of typical 12- and 13-year old children. But, my students must navigate a number of stressors unique to their community. My students live in a working class neighborhood with two of the largest federally subsidized housing projects in the State. As a result, over 79% of our students receive free or reduced lunch. Many of our students are first or second generation immigrants from countries throughout the Pacific. About 28% of our students have limited or no English proficiency. My students regularly grapple with issues related to racism, poverty, and culture clashes from within and outside their families, in addition to the social pressures of being a teenager. Through it all, my media students show up every day eager to create, to learn new things and to produce work they can be proud of.

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