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Mr. Robert Melendez’s Classroom Edit display name

  • PS 306
  • Bronx, NY
  • More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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My students live in an area of New York City called The Bronx. It is home to the New York Yankees and the Bronx Zoo. Despite these wonderful sites near them, their access to them is limited due to financial struggles. Over 90% of the students receive free lunch based on federal income guidelines. Although there are many struggles and barriers they face each day, they attend school regularly and are always eager to learn. Unfortunately, our school system is one that aims to determine what students read based on their levels. I believe firmly that a level is a barrier and that if students are presented with interesting material, they will be engaged and challenged to understand it. I also love the challenge they give me in requesting clarification about topics not covered by a dictated curriculum but by their own eagerness to learn beyond what the school mandates. The availability of these periodicals will enable my students to discover a world independently.

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My students live in an area of New York City called The Bronx. It is home to the New York Yankees and the Bronx Zoo. Despite these wonderful sites near them, their access to them is limited due to financial struggles. Over 90% of the students receive free lunch based on federal income guidelines. Although there are many struggles and barriers they face each day, they attend school regularly and are always eager to learn. Unfortunately, our school system is one that aims to determine what students read based on their levels. I believe firmly that a level is a barrier and that if students are presented with interesting material, they will be engaged and challenged to understand it. I also love the challenge they give me in requesting clarification about topics not covered by a dictated curriculum but by their own eagerness to learn beyond what the school mandates. The availability of these periodicals will enable my students to discover a world independently.

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