My scholars are quirky, passionate, and energetic learners who value their education and have the determination to succeed and achieve. They're very curious about the world around them. They literally line up and devour any extra information and enrichment activities we give them. "Whoa, Ms. R. You have books about what we're learning in social studies in your library, too," one exclaimed last year.
My fabulous scholars are extremely dedicated to their education and taking control of their own lives.
We are constantly working to find more time to push ourselves academically and to close the achievement gap. All of my students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, and 80% of them are African-American or Hispanic.
Within grades 7-8, all students at our school participate in a program called Class Dojo. It's an online platform where students behavioral and academic successes are tracked, and parents can monitor their students from home. Students can receive "points" for all kinds of positive behaviors, such as showing honesty, helping peers, working hard and being a positive leader. Ideally, the points can be redeemed for items at the school store, such as school supplies. Unfortunately, our school store is often nearly empty, and when juggling competing budgeting priorities, positive reinforcements often get short shrift. I've frequently supplemented the meager supplies so that students can use their hard earned "points".
My students came together and compiled a wish list of items for that they would like to earn.
I was overjoyed to see the vast majority of items they wanted were items they actually NEEDED -- school supplies they so often are without.
Of course, learning itself is the greatest reward, and we work all year to develop intrinsic motivation. That being said, having the requested glittery pens, scented markers, and folders can often make school a more joyful place, and we can all use a little more joy. Help us celebrate our successes and highlight the positive things we are doing in school!
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