This week I started in my brand new school, teaching nine up and coming 8th graders in a self-contained behavioral program. These students rely on a network of adults in their support system to keep their routine predictable and steady; something this pandemic doesn't allow us to do within the walls of our school! While preparing to transition to this school I had to spend countless hours preparing paper packets of work for my students to complete at home, away from the technology they have come to utilize in order to succeed in the classroom. These students are receiving papers and packets from a faceless new teacher they have never met. I want to be able to begin to build a community with my students, to connect with them, letting them know that even though we can only meet through technology, that I am here with them, to support in any way I can.
Their wide range of abilities makes accessing technology vital for their success; however, our district doesn't have the resources to provide all of their students with one to one technology like other surrounding districts.
I want to be sure they can continue their success.
The computers being requested will help bridge the gap in technology this pandemic has caused my students. Each of these computers will help give my students access to the untold resources companies and other educators have released to the public, to help continue successful learning at home. Without access to these computers, my students have been placed at a significant disadvantage. All they have been offered are paper packets and resources that we have created for them. These resources are offered with written instructions, no differentiated lessons, no resources that play to their learning styles and strengths, and no access to the technology they so desperately need in order to succeed. These laptops will help bridge the continuously widening gap this pandemic has made even deeper.
By placing this technology in my students' hands, I will be able to bring the classroom and their classmates to them, reigniting their drive to learn and ending the isolation that paper resources alone have started to create.
Websites, such as Newsela, would continue to provide me with the resources needed to differentiate reading levels for different assignments I obtain from this website. However, now, with access to these computers, I can bring each students' ideas together in our Google Classroom or on a Zoom session where we can share and create as a class. We can begin to work together to edit our writing assignments or work together to create opportunities to increase our mathematical knowledge by learning how to code. The learning, while utilizing these computers, would not stop after distance learning. Once we're back in the classroom, these computers will continue to be utilized to enhance my students' lives. No longer will we have to sign out computers from the library meant for many K-8 classrooms. We would use them every day.
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