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I teach first grade at a very rural school in North Carolina. Approximately 70% of our students recieve free or reduced lunch. I have a mixture of students that include one non-English speaking student, three students with very limited English speaking skills, and three students performing very much below grade level.
This is my first year teaching and I love it, except for one little thing. I have two computers in my classroom, and they are both about to drive me crazy. One of them is infected with a virus and freezes up right in the middle of something you are desperately trying to do. The other is so slow that it is nearly impossible to accomplish anything on it. For tasks that I absolutely have to complete, such as student grades etc., I just save myself the heartache and go across the school to the computer lab. I feel that there are two reasons I am in this situation. The first being, my school simply doesn't have the funding to buy me a new computer. The second, let's face it, I am a first year teacher and I feel that I am pretty near the back of the line when it comes to getting resources...especially a computer. Do I like it? No, but that is reality.
However, I lose sleep at night knowing that my students are suffering because of lack of funding. I would love to allow my students to get on educational websites to allow a break from the books, but it just isn't possible. My computers can't handle games, activities, etc associatied with these websites. They freeze up, I have to restart the computer, and all this causes is a waste of my time and their's.
I know this is a lot to ask...buying my class a new computer. I feel sometimes that it is too much to ask, but then I think about what one of my first graders told me recently after discussing Christmas. She said, "Ms. Strickland, I think I will ask Santa Claus to bring our class some a new computer, because we sure do need one!" Imagine that.
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