Previously I have taught language arts, and my position is now that of a science teacher. As such, I have little accumulated in the way of supplies to work with when it comes to helping students to interact with these content areas. Our school has a very small budget, which makes providing supplies for science class difficult. Much of the equipment we have is either old and out-dated, or it simply does not exist.
Students in our school come from a wide array of backgrounds.
Most do not have the luxury of time to stay up-to-date on what's going on in the world, which can make instruction difficult when they don't have adequate background knowledge. Many struggle with the basic skills of reading a full-length text, so motivating them can be a challenge. My classroom sees a large number of ELL and SPED students, in addition to general education students and those with gifted and talented needs. My students are willing to work when engagement is high, and the best way to engage them is through hands-on learning experiences.
Recently, our school took on a PBIS system that allows us to reward students with points for their positive classroom behaviors. Teachers stock our "Roar Store" with items that the students can use their points to purchase. While items like sports drinks and chips are always popular, I recently donated a few building kits to the store. I showed the kits in my classes so students could see them first and then, the next time our Roar Store opened, all 12 kits disappeared.
Students love to build things.
The materials I am requesting for this project are Metal Earth and Iconix building sets, since those are the items that I brought in for students to purchase. I am also requesting some Nanoblocks sets since they are also building kits and students have commented on the set I keep on my desk. I plan to put these items into our classroom Roar Store so that students may use the points from demonstrating positive behaviors to reward themselves with a building kit. These could also be used in the after school groups that I run or during lunches when students want a break from the noisy cafeteria.
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