Hi! I teach students in an Emotional Support (ES) classroom. They are various grades (9-12), very diverse, and our school has an 89% lower socioeconomic status population. Some students also speak English as a second language. Unfortunately, this particular group of students has a large percentage that have run-ins with the law and many of my students have been arrested for a variety of reasons. Some have been locked up, others have been in alternative education placements and a good number of them are on probation. There's never a dull moment in my classroom!
If you are not familiar with students in an ES population, they all have a diagnosis within the mental health spectrum, mostly Emotional Disturbance, but some students have social anxieties.
They all need to learn coping mechanisms for their emotional battles, so much of our instruction focuses on behavioral instruction in addition to curricular needs.
ES students have the worst lifetime outcomes in America, with 40% of them dropping out of school. If they do not get help or get a diploma for a better future, the outcomes are very grim (drug abuse, homelessness, jail and death). Help me make them heard, understood, and successful!
My students learn best with visual aids and manipulative materials. The LEGO Early Simple Machine and MINDSTORMS sets will further their knowledge of skills and concepts such as computer programming and physical science. This information and experience will also help support the students in their College and Career Readiness goals and plans.
By using the Space Challenge Set, students will be able to role play as NASA engineers, scientists and astronauts in an effort to understand how much thought goes into learning about our galaxy.
This extends our learning about NASA's continuous goals of exploring Mars and performing tasks beyond our comprehension. Students will also think about potential scenarios of space equipment breaking, how to fix it, and engage in teamwork and other employ ability soft skills throughout the discovery process.
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