My school and classroom is the "happy place" for many of my students. Close to ninety percent of my students live in poverty and most are second generation immigrants. School is sometimes the only chance my students have for any kind of socialization.
Many of my students have difficult home lives.
Since my school is in a high crime area, it is my job as their teacher to create an environment where my students feel safe, comfortable, loved, and important.
My students need a large rug to sit on while working collaboratively with others during lesson activitie
"I love coming to school!" "I love learning about new things!" "Can we play Math games during recess?" "I just want to stay and learn more!" These are just a few comments I hear every day in my fourth grade classroom.
I teach in a school where almost every student receives free lunch. Many students come from single parent households.
Although my students face challenges associated with poverty, they are eager to learn and LOVE coming to school.
They love engaging learning activities that involve independent and collaborative work. Due to the size of the classroom, my goal is to have a rug where I can not only build community, but also work with small groups to reinforce skills previously learned.
Instead of having to sit on our classroom's carpet that is very old, students will have a soft rug to sit on to while reading, working collaboratively with classmates, and participating in lessons. Most importantly, having a classroom rug will build a strong classroom community where students come together as a cohesive unit that takes pride in learning.
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