In our small rural town in North Carolina, I teach some pretty special folks who come from a multitude of diverse backgrounds. Over 60% of my students qualify for free/reduced lunch, and we also serve children from our nearby military base. As I moved up grade levels this year, so know these students especially well, even the students I didn't directly teach. Our most exciting interactions occur during classroom and cafeteria conversations, discussions during my academic or extension clubs, and small talk during arrival and dismissal times. These kiddos have big personalities and have plans for the future.
The communities my school serves was devastated by Hurricane Florence; in light of that, we are operating under some additional constraints and challenging issues.
We were away from school for 25 days, and the adjustment has been a challenge. Some students and teachers are still displaced, but we know we are more than what we've endured--my students have really learned how to advocate for themselves and for others, and I am in awe of the resiliency shown by my pre-teens and teenagers.
Today's classrooms are far different from the classrooms of my childhood! Nowadays, students are likely to be working at different paces or even completely different assignments--in one room! The general hubbub can be punctuated by the sounds of competing videos and collaboration, and it is not always possible to utilize the quieter areas of the school, especially since our library is undergoing renovation due to Hurricane Florence.
Califone headphones would ensure equity for all students, and provide quality headphones for every child in the classroom.
My middle school students interact with instructional videos, create multimedia projects, work cooperatively with collaborative groups, and produce independent pieces; allowing students the ability to listen intently to instruction or listen to the playback of their media creation would be a huge benefit.
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