More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
$0 still needed
Adapting Curriculum to Student Needs
My students need 30 binders, markers, an iPod listening center and 5 double sided dry erase lapboards.
Imagine you're in class and while the teacher is explaining fractions, or a new technique for reading comprehension and you can't comprehend anything she is saying because your mind is too consumed with how you're going to get dinner for your family, or how you'll get your siblings home safely.
This is what a lot of my students deal with every day.
I pull kids out who have learning disabilities that make it hard for them to learn in a standard classroom setting, so I work with them to provide a more individualized curriculum and present the material to them in a way that they are able to understand. If there isn't a learning disability, I have many students who are under the Special Education classification of "emotional disturbance" which means they have been witnesses to tragedy of some kind. For example, I had a student who saw his father shot in front of him when he was only in first grade. You can only imagine what kind of impact this has on the learning environment when they get into school, with no support, resources, or knowledge for how to deal with this kind of trauma. My students are just as smart as a typical student in general education, they just have different learning styles that are not conducive to a typical classroom setting.
I want each of my students to have a binder to keep all their work in. Every time they enter the room, they will grab their binder and do the "Do Now" which will be a question that targets how they're feeling and why, and then a "fun question." This is to get them writing every day and it also serves as a written dialogue between each student and I, as I will be reading and responding to all of them. The binder will also hold work for them to do if they're finished with class work, completed assignments they're proud of, and their own student tracker that tracks behavior and school achievement. My students are going to be responsible for their own learning, and I want to teach them to own that. The audio listening set with headphones and the white boards will allow for differentiated instruction, and variety in content delivery, which will better engage my students and make the content and material more hands-on, which increases the amount that they retain.
I believe in my students whole heartedly, and if I had enough to fund all of what I want to do with them, I would without a doubt.
However, I need to live and eat, so I unfortunately cannot afford these things. My students deserve an equal opportunity education and you will be helping provide that with your donation. I thank you from the bottom of my heart, and appreciate you joining with me to give these kids what they deserve!
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