I teach at an urban, Title I school where over 90% of students come from low-income households. Federal funding provides free breakfast, lunch, and snacks for every student. Even with parental support, I would love to say that my students have everything that they need to be successful, but they don't. Our classrooms lack much of what is now considered standard in elementary school classrooms due to district and state underfunding.
Despite the basic inequities and challenges my 17, awesome third graders experience daily, they still come to school every day, excited and ready to learn.
In my classroom, I teach 17, wonderful students. In their writing, they tell me about their favorite sports (fútbol), their favorite foods (pizza), and their various hobbies like styling hair. They are creative, silly, and love to try new things. However, most of our students are below grade level in both reading and math with roughly a fourth of students reading at a kindergarten/first-grade level. A growing number of our students speak English as a second language. My goal is always to meet students where they are and help them grow and achieve to levels they couldn't have imagined!
Technology helps my students feel like they can do and accomplish anything. With past classes, I discovered that the most engaged they ever were was when we took part in the Hour of Code. I had borrowed a computer cart, and, suddenly, I had an entire class full of engaged thinkers and learners manipulating programs with confidence and ease. Since the Hour of Code, I've been brainstorming ways to bring this confidence, excitement, and engagement into my daily instruction.
A full-sized iPad is the perfect solution to engage my students daily as it operates numerous innovative programs while being student friendly and large enough to see and use.
This school year, my students' needs are extremely varied. I am serving students who have been identified as gifted, students with ADHD, and students who speak Spanish as their first language, so it is crucial that I have resources that are accessible for all. This iPad will be used primarily for station activities like Boom Cards, Raz-Plus, iReady, Reflex Math, Epic, Spelling City, and Zearn to allow students a differentiated learning experience customized to their specific needs. Additionally, students in my STEMgineers club will get to use the iPad to write code and program the robots they build out of LEGO bricks and drive their Sphero robots. Instructional technology like an iPad would be incredible to have to keep our classroom current and my learners engaged! Our goal is to one day have a 1 to 1 class with iPads! We thank you in advance for your support!
Apple - iPad (Latest Model) with Wi-Fi - 32GB - Space Gray
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AVAWO Kids Case for New iPad 9.7 2017 & 2018 Release - Light Weight Shock Proof Convertible Handle Stand Friendly Kids Case for iPad 9.7-inch 2017 & 2018 Latest Gen (iPad 5th & 6th Gen) - Purple
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