My students need 150 binders to organize and store their guided notes, but most families can't afford a binder; learning is being lost because paper's are being lost.
My students cannot afford binders. It's just that simple; and while I desperately need to teach my students how to implement an organizational system, my class notes, examples, worksheets and projects are living a life of their own somewhere outside of my classroom walls.
Many of my students don't have backpacks.
Many of my eleven and twelve year-old students are also de facto parents of their siblings. Most cannot afford the binders that I am requesting. Yet, my students never mention poverty nor their struggles. Instead of engaging in fights, my students engage in conversations about owning their actions and going to college. And my job is to teach them about the world; to tell them that the world is helpful, accepting, and forgiving. Instead, I teach them about our world; the one that fights, rejects, and hates. The students believe that our world can be changed; they believe it isn't by joining the system, and so many of them believe they can success without the comfort of money.
In the morning, at lunch, and after school, I have students running up to me to inquire about anything they can do to help me. Yet during class time, the time when I need to be helping them the most, valuable instructional time is being wasted searching for papers, re-copying notes, and trying to access prior lessons. With roughly 20% of the school population "At Risk" and well above 90% qualifying for Free and Reduced Lunch, parents' ability to provide their children with a binder is missing. My students desperately need to retain their learning and need to be shown proper organizational skills, but lessons in organization are only words if the students have no infrastructure to put those lessons into action.
When binders are closed, they trap the knowledge they contain from escaping into the air.
Or the bus seat. Or the sidewalk. My students are amazing, but they certainly aren't perfect, especially in their organization. A properly organized binder can have places for students to track their own progress against our class's big goal, to store their vocabulary and notes, and at the end of it all, the students will have a complete record of their learning, perhaps for the first time.
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|Quill Brand 1" Round Ring Binder Non-View, Dark Blue, 3-Ring • Quill||$2.49||150||$373.50|
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