I have the pleasure of working with a diverse group of students who have the desire to learn, although they face many challenges. This is a group of 52 students; 25 girls and 27 boys. The group consists of Asians, Caucasians, and Hispanics. There are many learning levels and learning styles within the group.
All of the students derive from low-income families.
Many are from single-parent households. Three of the students are adopted. Many of the families are dysfunctional. This results in students needing a great deal of emotional support from their teachers as well as, a safe and comfortable school environment. Because they live with social problems, learning becomes a lower priority for them. Still, they attend school seeking the support.
The students are in a Dual Language Program, learning Spanish and English simultaneously. The school is located in the inner city. Financial funds to inner city schools are limited and continue to be cut. With such cuts, school personnel are eliminated and resources are limited. Students must continue to learn therefore, resources must be available. I have to provide what is needed to ensure the students learn.
Keeping a clean and healthy learning environment for my students is a priority in my classroom. A vacuum cleaner will do just that! Classroom rugs at our schools are vacuumed once a week. Cleaning the rugs once a week is not sanitary. It is challenging keeping the rugs cleaned throughout an entire week when students use it multiple times during the day. By the end of the school day, the rug needs cleaning. We will do our part in keeping our new rug cleaned, but there is only so much we can do. Having a vacuum cleaner will ensure that our rug stays clean all the time.
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