My students live in a low-income area where basic school supplies are often a stretch for their family budgets. Our school is Title 1 with 100% of our students receiving free breakfast and lunch.
Students come into my classroom every day excited and ready to learn, almost as if the eight hours they spend with me is their escape from their reality.
I feel that my classroom provides a nurturing space for their creativity and academic success to shine. I provide a high-five, a hug, or a simple conversation each morning to ensure that the students know I care about them, their lives, and their interests, not just their test scores. Some students even refer to me as their "school mom." When I asked what was meant by such comment, I got the response was that "you truly care about us, not just our grades, but us, as people."
The materials I have requested, while consumable, are an invaluable resource to my classroom. While teaching, I constantly reference students interactive notebooks and anchor charts to help them make connections to topics that will be built upon.
For example, we make anchor charts for every new skill and strategy we learn in math and reading.
The chart paper will be used to create a large chart that will be displayed in the classroom for every student to see and be easy to reference. Every time we use a new strategy, especially in solving multi-step word problems, we reference our operational charts to help us remember how to complete each step properly. For this to happen efficiently, chart paper works the best because it is large enough to write big and still have room to model the steps of the task we are working on.
Interactive notebook cutouts and practice activities are meaningful to student learning by extending the modeling and guiding that I have done on the board and gives students an opportunity to use their own methods to grasp the concept. The copy paper I have requested will allow me to use more interactive notebook cutouts and practice pages for new skills and concepts and allow students to have those pre-printed items readily accessible in their notebook.
Finally, the binder I have asked for will be used for organization of the cutouts and practice pages, that way when students need to review a topic or have a misconception or misunderstanding, referencing those materials would be much easier. It also models organization skills and teaches my students how to arrange their materials to benefit their learning.
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