The quest to engage students in learning is ever-changing, but the one constant is that all students must have the necessary tools and materials to be successful. This is a huge challenge in my school, which has no funding for “extra” supplies. This will be an extremely challenging year since most of our students have been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic economically.
I teach in a high-poverty school, where 100% of students receive free lunch.
Our students come with a desire to learn but depend on us to supply the rest.
For many of my students, the only resource they bring to school each day is an enthusiasm for learning. Despite their circumstances, they are excited to be in the classroom, and I want to fuel this love of learning by providing them with the supplies and materials they will need to be successful.
Engaging eight-year-olds in distance learning is a difficult task. This year, I am teaching my class of 35 third graders through live instruction on computers. The biggest struggle so far has been to show them concepts without direct instruction.
Having a document camera, from which I could demonstrate the concepts I was teaching, would be a great help in the learning process.
My students would be able to watch as I made notes, and copy these into their own interactive notebooks. We would then be able to have active class discussions about what we are learning.
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