Teaching and being a source of consistency for underprivileged kids is challenging, yet beyond rewarding. The vast majority of my eighth grade students read four grade levels below where they should be. My goal, as a teacher, is to teach my students the importance and necessity of empathy. I hope to accomplish this by promoting writing as a form of a healthy outlet for my struggling students.
I teach at a Title I school in Del Valle, Texas.
My classroom lacks books and normal everyday school supplies. Therefore, I feel as if my students are hindered by the lack of resources and supporting materials. I aim to promote literacy for my students (mainly ESL and ELL students). I want to allow the concept of choice in my classroom. Choice of books being read and the materials to aid in better enhancing student literacy. Being that this is a high poverty area, my students unfortunately lack exposure to the beauty of reading and writing due to a lack of funds.
Education is the single most important factor in breaking the poverty cycle.
Many of my babies cannot afford quality school supplies. As a writing teacher, I require them to use a lot of paper, pens, folders, highlighters, etc. I love my students; however, I am unable to afford supplies for all 140 of my eighth-grade students!
I never want my students to feel inadequate due to the fact they are unable to buy all of their required materials.
By helping fund this project, you will be alleviating a lot of "back to school" stresses many of our Title I students face. I would love to be able to gift them with the necessary supplies they need and to create a positive welcoming learning environment.
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