My 5th graders are high energy, clever, entertaining, hard-working and an eclectic group of students, and I love observing their unique personalities as they continue to learn about themselves.
We are a Title I school with 98% free and reduced lunch, but we do not allow that label to define who we are or what we are capable of doing with limited resources, staff and supplies.
We have to be more creative to keep our students engaged and it requires great time and effort-of me, but I would not trade the joy I receive when my students make real-life connections!
My fifth graders love to share his/her thoughts, ideas, suggestions, recommendations and feedback. At times, my students can not hear the rich conversations I hear due to chairs scrapping the floor, sharpening pencils, sidebar conversations and the humming of our classroom fan. As a result, students are competing with such interruptions or distractions which makes learning and actively participating a challenge.
Often I may have taken off-task behavior as a sign of disinterest, however after reading Shane Cox's ( the creator of Qball - wireless microphone in a ball) experience as a student, I am beginning to realize the problem may lie in my students' inability to hear the conversations!
I want to give them every opportunity to not only be engaged but to be heard too.
This added technology of a throwable wireless microphone will provide two crucial benefits to our classroom - being heard and hands-on engagement! My students voices will be magnified and their peers will no longer have to compete against distracting sounds versus listening to their peers. Secondly, what a great tool to allow me - the teacher - to put learning into their hands!
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