J.R.R. Tolkien once wrote, "Not all those who wander are lost."
A wall in my classroom was painted by my student, a talented graffiti artist.
The wall has the word "Think" sprawled across, with the Tolkien quote tucked in the corner. This wall is an ode to our students' opportunity to think freely. Our school is part of the District Reference Group H, which is the second lowest socioeconomic level a school can be placed in.
As a fifth-year, eighth-grade science teacher, I have already experienced the lack of funding our science program receives. The activities that we complete, both in and out of the classroom, are greatly restricted by the socioeconomic makeup of our student body, as well as the absence of a budget for laboratory supplies.
The students in our school come from very diverse backgrounds and cultures and often do not have the resources that allow them to succeed at higher levels. Many of the students are disengaged, with attendance of less than 85%, but are often discouraged by the connections made at school. Despite this, they are very willing to work in school and take the opportunity to utilize the limited resources that are available.
Throughout the year, we find ourselves in need of various supplies to ensure that our students can find success through various activities. We would like to get some basic materials for the classroom including rulers, markers, storage bins for pencils and stationary. These materials will be used to aid in creating science models, class projects, graphing, and other activities in which the students can utilize creative colors to help explain their ideas.
We are also requesting wireless keyboards that will allow students the opportunity to utilize their phones to complete writing assignments that might otherwise be difficult without a computer.
Finally, we are requesting Jolly Ranchers as a mode of positive reinforcement for students who go above and beyond their own ability, academically, and social-emotionally.
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