My students motivate me each and every day. They are thoughtful, strong, funny, insightful, kind, driven young people who push me each and every day to be a better teacher, and a more socially conscious individual. They demand so much from me, as I do from them.
My students face a variety of challenges--they attend school in an underfunded district, in a city plagued by segregated violence, run by individuals who fail to acknowledge the link between the two.
Despite the shortcomings of many of the politicians and leaders around them, my students come to school each and every day with an eye toward the future. They work hard to do their best, overcoming obstacles no child should face as hurdles to education, shaping themselves to be the change-makers we need in our workplaces and public institutions.
First off, the chromebooks that were so generously funded by the DonorsChoose.org community need a charging station that is easy-to-access and cuts down on the time to retrieve and replace. These carts save time and hassle, increasing the amount of classroom time that can be used for direct instruction and collaborative work using technology!
Additionally, I would like to add more transformative books to the Humanities Library in my classroom, started by the DonorsChoose community last year!
Students jumped right in to borrowing books, adding their comments and "reviews" in a running log for the use of future students. We had a few students who borrowed more than 5 books over the course of the year, sparking a renewed, and in some cases brand new, interest in and love of powerful stories! These books will create even more choice for students!
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