The days of having students sit quietly at desks lined up in a row listening to lectures are long gone. My students thirst for hands-on learning. They enjoy working with their peers, participating in class projects, and being creative.
Often times, they don't come to school with the tangible tools they need to learn.
When these tools are provided, they thrive academically and socially. My school is located in a low-income area, and many of the students live within walking distance of the school. Many of them are responsible for getting themselves up and ready for school without the assistance of an adult.
There are times when this causes them to be late for school, but they do the best they can to catch up with the activities they missed. These same students have trouble getting the materials they need to complete classroom assignments and projects. I don't take off points for not having materials. I do my best to provide each of my students with the tools they need to ensure equity and fairness.
I have four working PC's in my classroom. These computers are not enough for each of my students to work on during a regular instructional day. Some of the assignments that I require my students to complete are accessed through Google Classroom. Most of my students don't have access to a computer at home. Having access to a Chromebook would not only provide my students with an opportunity to excel with their classwork, but also provide a means for them to conduct research for our science and social studies lessons.
This, in turn, will allow all of my students to gain knowledge at the same rate as their peers with access to computers.
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