My English Language Learners are comprised of a variety of backgrounds and cultures and aim to learn and understand English in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. We are in a high poverty, low income school with Title I status in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As seen in the latest news, our state compared to the rest of the nation has the worst discrepancy of funding between the rich and poor. It is truly an injustice. Despite such hardship, my students deserve learning opportunities where they can grow and support each other as contributive citizens of this global society. In addition, our newest students post Hurricane Maria are attempting to assimilate into the social culture of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and learn English language so they can function in this society. I work with another ESL teacher colleague who can also attest that it can be very stressful in school when English is not your first language. As a result, our ESL team aims to provide meaningful opportunities for our ESL students, especially displaced post Hurricane Maria to obtain success in learning.
Our school envisions our students to be representatives of "Respectful, Responsible, Role models". In order to do so, my students need ample opportunities to practice these values on a daily basis. My ESL students are learning to be respectful in the class environment to teachers, to peers, and to themselves. The students learn to be responsible with their schoolwork in showing their best effort completing assignments and bringing their work in folders to and from school and home. This is a challenging task when students post Hurricane Maria are new to the country and attempting to learn English. Our goal is to help teach Hurricane Maria affected students the 3R's (respectful, responsible, role model) in developing their character so that they have better success in learning and assimilate to school.
My ESL students would be thrilled to have incentives and awesome prizes ranging from basic to fun school supplies such as pencils, erasers, emoji key chains, folders and pens, to basic needs incentives such as snack edibles, cookies and various snack mix bags.
Everyday I give students a score based on behavior and classwork effort. At the end of the week we have an incentive redemption routine including if weekly homework was completed. My students would be thrilled to enjoy these rewards to keep up their excellent behavior and effort! With these awesome incentives my students displaced from Hurricane Maria will especially benefit from being rewarded! Thank you in advance for supporting our students in being respectful, responsible, role model citizens!
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