This is a culturally diverse group of students who come from varying economic backgrounds and home lives. These students also come from very diverse backgrounds. Several of these students live in high poverty and have witnessed things that no child at their age should have to. This year I have 12 boys and 14 girls joining me giving us a total of 26 in our classroom community. Seven of the group receive extra guided support to help them achieve their academic and behavior goals.
I strive to create a learning environment for my students that help them feel welcome, safe, and accepted.
Creating a classroom community based on consistent routines and expectations helps my students begin to focus on learning. However, research shows that this is only one part of helping ten and eleven-year-olds to achieve. That is why I have started this project to help eliminate other barriers that can hinder my students from achieving.
I am asking for help to purchase supplies and materials that I need to keep my students learning and my classroom running efficiently. Students enjoy using my LeapFrog Twist and Shout math fact games. They motivate my students to learn their facts while having fun. The only problem is all the batteries I go through each year to keep them running. I create color math anchor charts and vocabulary cards and print them out to post around the room. These are designed to help teach concepts and the steps to solve them. I also print out flashcards and skill builder sheets to help students practice their basic math facts, as well as the concepts I've taught. Printing these resources out does use a lot of ink.
These supplies and materials are things that help keep my students learning and help me be more efficient so I have more time to work with students, plan, and create.
The other materials I'm asking for are needed to replace the worn-out ones that I currently have. Putting together math, science, and social studies booklets for students has become a very time-consuming task. My big stapler jams frequently and requires a lot of extra time to remove bent and jammed staples. My three-hole punch use to punch through 25 pages easily, but now barely gets through ten without locking up. The last piece of equipment that I need to replace is my 20-year-old paper cutter. Even after attempts to sharpen the blade, I do more paper ripping than cutting. While these valuable tools still work, they need to be updated so that I can improve my efficiency and get tasks done so that I can get back to teaching, creating, and planning.
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