I teach in an inner city, Title I school where at least 95% of the kids are from low income homes where some parents work more than one job just to keep a roof over their heads. My school also has bilingual classrooms at each grade level. Many of the students have been displaced because of hurricanes, family situations and other circumstances beyond their control. Despite some tough situations at home, my students come in everyday ready to learn.
I am also in the unique situation where I get to see all 650 kids each week during Media.
The students range between K and 5th grade. This year our school is moving more into adopting cross level learning with technology being the backbone to many of the collaborations. Since this is an area that usually appeals to the students, I am eager to inspire them during their short time each week with me.
Every teacher knows that once the second half of the school year happens a big black hole also happens. Crayons are broken, every pencil is missing, the glue sticks are nubs and the students are not prepared. In the district I teach in, I am lucky with what the parents can send in at the beginning of the year and many can't do it again. I am asking for a replenishment of crayons, pencils, tape, glue, markers and construction paper. The supplies will ensure that the kids don't have an excuse not to complete their work, try their best and come prepared. They will use these supplies to complete daily assignments, work in centers during media and create projects. A well prepared student is a student ready to learn.
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