I teach technology to kindergartners through sixth grade at a south side Chicago school. The majority of my students are African American, and they come from varying economic backgrounds.
Our school, as a whole, is at about 47% poverty level so we, unfortunately, don't qualify for Title I funding and many other grants to purchase items for these deserving students.
My students, like most young students, enjoy activities that require movement, that are hands-on, and that allows students to work collaboratively during class. I am always trying to find items that will help improve their learning experiences and add excitement to the classroom environment.
I teach technology and I always start my Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade classes on a carpet in the computer lab. I explain what they are going to learn before I send them to their seats. The problem is that the students do not all fit on the current carpet and their spots are also not clearly marked because it is just a solid color rug. They always squish together, no matter how many times I ask them to spread apart. The carpet is only so big, so they have to squish together to fit on it.
I want my students to be comfortable, so they can concentrate on the lesson at hand and not be worried that a fellow student is sitting too close to them.
I want everyone to be able to sit on the carpet so they can easily see the board. Even the big kids in grades 3-6 like to sit on the floor and work sometimes, so it would be nice to have a large carpet for them, too. Some of our robotics lessons and computer science center activities would also work better on the floor. If this project gets funded, I also intend to donate my current small rug to the library or another classroom in our school. Win-Win!
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