The days of having students sit quietly at desks lined up in a row listening to lectures are long gone. My students thirst for hands-on learning. They enjoy working with their peers, participating in class projects, and being creative.
Often times, they don't come to school with the tangible tools they need to learn.
When these tools are provided, they thrive academically and socially. My school is located in a low-income area, and many of the students live within walking distance of the school. Many of them are responsible for getting themselves up and ready for school without the assistance of an adult.
There are times when this causes them to be late for school, but they do the best they can to catch up with the activities they missed. These same students have trouble getting the materials they need to complete classroom assignments and projects. I don't take off points for not having materials. I do my best to provide each of my students with the tools they need to ensure equity and fairness.
Preventing my students from coming in contact with germs that cause colds, the flu, and viruses ensure that they come to school ready to learn. Healthy students have good attendance and are able to stay focused and on task during class.
Having kleenex in class will alleviate the need for my students to run to the bathroom whenever they sneeze.
Clorox wipes and hand sanitizer will assist with keeping my student's desks and hands clean. The Lysol spray will be used to kill airborne germs as well as provide a fresh sent for our learning environment. A healthy classroom environment promotes learning and successful students.
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