I have a terrific group of students who sometimes get labeled because they are from an urban area with a large amount of diversity and poverty. I have had people say to me, " You teach where? I feel bad for you." I am always surprised because I have awesome students! They show up every day, no matter what they had to deal with to get to school. Some of them are caretakers for the siblings, some are hungry, and some are staying up too late because their parents are at work during the night. 8th grade can be a tough time in any student's life, a time run by the peer pressure of middle school, let alone just getting through things that are out of the student's control.
The 8th graders I get to teach are all intelligent in their own ways.
I am excited to see what they do in the learning environment. How the students think amazes me! If they get hooked, they are in 100%. Some of them are better speakers, some of them prefer hands on learning. Other students are good at organizing to get tasks done. Some of them excel at helping other students l
I have requested a Cricut Explore Air 2, vinyl sheets, and cardstock paper to go along with it to support affordable STEAM activities in science class. The students can use technology to create a design, that then can be printed and put together. They walk away with a product. All of these factors make the tasks enjoyable and engaging.
The students will be able to have a more personalized learning experience as they engage with the process of designing and printing.
These students will have jobs that have not even been thought of yet. Let their imagination take them to new heights!
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