Our high school serves over 380 students who speak more than 32 languages and come from 33 countries as immigrants and refugees. 100% of our students are English language learners, all of whom immigrated to the U.S. during the last four years. Many students live in some of the toughest neighborhoods in Oakland, despite having escaped war or poverty in their home countries. No student is anonymous here, and the model supports personalization, growth, and success for each student. They bring with them stories and experiences of their home countries.
My students are caring, resilient, and determined.
Many of our students travel over an hour each way on public busses to get to school every day. Others work after school until late at night and still make it to school every day to support themselves. Others live alone and without adults to care for them. We cannot control the outside world of our students, but what we can do is ensure that they feel safe and supported inside of our classrooms and school.
Our classroom needs basic materials, like whiteboards, markers, erasers and post-its in order for students to engage in small group learning and differentiated instruction. In my class, students rotate through learning stations, where they work with smaller groups at their reading level to support students' development in fluency, phonics and comprehension. Being able to support students with individualized instruction is essential to their success.
Students deserve to have access to essential classroom materials.
This rolling easel will help groups working in different areas of the classroom to provide instruction and share ideas, the same way that is happening at the white board at the front of the room. The post-it notes help engage students in their books and readings and ensure to critical thinking is happening. The lamps will help create a calm and relaxing environment to support their learning. All of these basic materials will enable students to do their best learning in the new year!
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