I teach at a Title I public elementary school in California, among a group of innovative educators serving both the academic and social-emotional growth of a high needs, diverse community.
Working with my group of 33 phenomenal students I have learned kids are kids - no matter their upbringing - eager to learn, full of energy, creative, and curious.
I teach a fourth/fifth grade combination class. The majority of my students are fourth graders, but due to over enrollment, I also have two fifth graders. I have two special education students who attend my class for ¾ of the school day, a child with dyslexia who receives supplementary supports, and five newcomers to the U.S. - these children are English language learners, and several are students with interrupted formal education.
My students love to build and design during constructive, free choice - Genius Hour. They also enjoy playing new games and sports in P.E. My students are eager for Field Trips, often hungry, and sometimes in need of clothing. Each one of my students is a contender - supplies are limited - and the more I can give them the more I am sure they will grow!
My 33 students are busy writing, drawing, calculating, building, and collaborating, but it is 3 months into the school year and supplies are beginning to dwindle.
We are now out of glue sticks and scissors are missing so students are sharing supplies.
Pencil sharpening has been a problem since day one. For the first month of the school year students had to go to the office to sharpen their pencils, but then one of my students donated an electric pencil sharpener to the classroom.
Little sharpeners for each student will go along way for classroom management. Whiteboard erasers and markers are in low supply. Binders will help keep students’ work organized and meaningful. Students will be able to see their academic progress throughout the school year and show off their accomplishments to family and friends. I want my students focused on school work, not worried about school supplies.
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