One-third of our school's student body receives special education services; 12% of the students are English Language Learners; and an overwhelming majority qualify for free/reduced price meals.
But when you look at our students, you don't see that: you see quirky young kids, who are asking questions, and pushing themselves to learn how to help the world, and how to be better people as well.
Their curious minds are filled with unlimited questions about the natural world which surrounds them. Whenever they come into the classroom, they ask me questions about what they have observed outside - and I love it. Their passion for the environment is unrivaled and is something to reckon with.
Curie did it, Darwin did it, as did Rutherford. All scientists - from the past to the present and to the future - illustrated and labeled their own diagrams to support their explanations, and to give their readers a clearer picture of what they were describing in their books. So why not encourage these habits in our future scientists?
Markers & colored pencils will allow my students to illustrate colorfully their observations, while colored post-it notes, tape, and printer ink allow for them to organize their writing comprehensively - either on paper or digitally.
These supplies will assist my students in developing and demonstrating their mastery of the content through their writing and drawing. While writing and speaking are traditional ways to show mastery, my students have surprised me with their eagerness to draw and use illustrations to support their explanations. Every time I say they can draw, along with write, their eyes light up - especially my students who struggle with learning the English language. And they don't disappoint; their writing is more fluent when they have a physical picture to use to refer to while they write.
So why not make a donation today to help the scientists of the future?
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