Our school is a Title I and Title III school. As a teacher in a low-income area, I have witnessed students who come from difficult situations at home, yet accomplish some amazing things at school.
In addition to 4th grade, I teach STEAM after school programs involving gardening, robotics, drones, and other STEAM activities.
Students in these programs are self-motivated, excited to learn, and experience more authentic learning than they do in the regular classroom. This experience has inspired me to look for every opportunity to spark a love of learning in my students by creating a safe, inviting, and comfortable environment in my classroom.
I have the honor to work with hardworking, amazing kids that have not always received the best of the best at home. As students from a high-poverty area, we often expect them to perform at a substandard level. I know from experience, if you raise the bar and help them feel valued and deserving, they will rise to your expectations every time.
After years of developing and teaching STEAM at our little school, I have learned to be more creative and resourceful right along with my students. As our program has evolved from simple exploration into robotics, our needs have changed as well. This year I piloted a First Tech Robotics club through the LEGO Robotics program at our school. Creating a final presentation display that was visually appealing and professional enough to be competitive was a challenge for my young explorers.
A cricut would help my First Tech Jr.
robotics club team to create a project board that is a "cut" above the rest.
My little engineers put so much hard work into their team project this year. This technology would help them custom-create the graphics, headings, and personal touches on their final project board in the coming years.
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