I am a teacher in a low-income, high poverty school district of Indianapolis. My students are faced with several challenges both in and out of the classroom every day, and a lack of resources is one of them.
My students are passionate about learning, but don't always have the tools or opportunities either because of their economic background or because of inequitable funding in schools.
My students like to be challenged and love to do hands on activities. I want to provide them with all the support necessary, so that they reach their personal and academic goals. Yet, how can we close the achievement gap when students do not have the necessary materials to succeed? Creating a love of reading in my students will close the achievement gap, but to do that I need to give them access to reading materials they are excited about in the classroom.
A lot of my students cannot afford the basic classroom materials like notebooks, file and pocket folders, pens, and Post-its notes. By providing students with the basic materials they need, I am ensuring that they have a strong start to the school year and that they have all the tools to be successful in my classroom. These tools will also help them keep organized and they need organization skills to be successful in and out of school.
They will use these materials to write their assignments, work on projects, organize their papers and participate in other classroom activities.
Students give their best personally and academically when they are provided with the necessary tools to be successful and have a teacher that is responsive to their needs.
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