I teach kindergarten at a school in San Francisco's Chinatown. My students are all English Language Learners. They are either new immigrants or have lived in this community all their lives. Most are from low-income families struggling to pay for basic necessities. Many of my students come to school wearing shoes and clothes that do not fit. One hundred percent of them qualify for the free breakfast, lunch, and after-school supper program.
Their sense of normalcy is going back to their Single Room Occupancy (SRO), where many families share a community bathroom and kitchen.
Their home is typically a 12 ft x 12 ft room that the whole family lives in, with little or no space to call their own.
In addition, with the Shelter-in-Place Order in effect, many families had to stop working. Their meager unemployment checks are not enough to make ends meet. With their rent due soon, my families will have to prioritize and make difficult decisions to cut out everything but the basic essentials.
As my students started the school year with distance learning, I noticed some of them are having trouble seeing my word charts and pocket charts because of the lack of wall space I have in my home. I am constantly shuffling the charts around so my students can see the charts more readily.
The double-sided magnetic whiteboard easel will allow me to model writing and display charts for my students to see during our Zoom video conferencing lessons.
I can also use the easels to hold up the big books while I am reading aloud to them. Having the extra easel space will definitely help my students be more engaged as they learn from home.
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