My students are an amazing group of third graders who attend a Title 1 school in Los Angeles, California. Eighty-four percent of the students receive free school lunch. Most of them come from low socioeconomic backgrounds and some are English language learners. Regardless of the challenges my students face, they know that hard work is the key to success. They are eager to learn the skills needed to be successful in life.
Distance learning has been challenging to say the least. But, my students and their families have stepped up to the challenge! The first hurdle that was tackled was getting technology and hot spots to the students. Once that was accomplished, it was time to teach the students how to log on to Schoology to access their emails and assignments. From there I needed the parents' assistance in helping their child log on to daily Zoom sessions. Two and a half weeks of Zooming and my students are starting to feel a little more at ease with this new style of learning. They have been troopers through this transition.
A document camera is an important tool needed so I can effectively teach from home.
It is difficult when I am teaching something and I can not share it on my screen. I have tried writing things on a piece of paper or small white board, but it is difficult for the students to see. This is where a document camera will make a huge difference. I will be able to show things such as their My Math book, Texts for Close Reading materials, etc. The students will be able to see what I am doing. For example, I can write in the book to show how to relate a bar graph to a scaled picture graph. I can also model how to annotate while reading a passage.
A document camera will help everyone, especially my visual learners. Not everyone is able to follow along or understand a concept orally. The document camera will be my students' eyes so they can see what I am modeling and teaching.
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