Our school is in Massachusetts, a city struggling with crime and drugs. Our students are from diverse background culturally, economically, and academically. Our students are also the innocent bystanders, often caught up unwillingly, in this struggle.
Our school is a K-8 Montessori-based school and the students move through the grades together, creating a solid, welcoming community.
The students form strong bonds across their cultural, economic, and social lines, forming a real family here. For some of my students this is the only true family they have, and as such the teachers work hard to provide not just the necessaries, but as many extras as we can. We want our students to have the best school experience possible, to be set up for success in life.
A new year and a new class means new materials! As my class size grows, so does the number of needed supplies. Last year I found that bins greatly helped my students stay organized, cutting down on transition times between classes so we had more time for learning. It gave my students one less thing to worry about- everything they needed for class was in one place! I am hoping to do the same this year and will need a few more bins to accommodate my increased class size.
Since a lot of my students come from disadvantaged backgrounds, they lack the necessary "basics" most of us take for granted- pencils, notebooks, glue.
By having a supply of these items in my class, ready to go, no one needs to worry about where to find a pencil (or suffer the embarrassment of not being able to procure such a "basic" item). All my students have to worry about is focusing on the task at hand: learning.
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