I have the best students I could have ever imagined in my first year of teaching! Children open your mind to how simple, yet magical life can truly be. Despite the low economic backgrounds most of these kids come from, when they walk into my room they are excited to tell me stories about everything and anything.
I go into my classroom everyday thinking "I am going to teach these kids all about life.", although I go home each day overwhelmed with how much they have actually been teaching me.
If only some people knew how exhausting it can be to put your whole heart into believing in your students, yet it's the most rewarding job in the world! These children look to me for guidance and help, and I love being the person to be there for them no matter what their circumstance may be. The love and hope that I see in these students is something I have never felt before in my life, I am proud to be teaching and learning with these kids everyday!
My students are very intrigued by using technology in the classroom! Not all of them have access at home to complete tasks online and we have very limited access to computer labs at our school. As I have noticed, the more these students are truly engaged in their learning, the more I see them growing from using technology. We say, "Don't judge a book by its cover" that can both literally and figuratively affect a person's mindset towards many things in their life. "Don't judge a tablet by its case" is a way to emphasize that there is so much we can do with this little piece of technology. It can open our world to millions of possibilities to enhance the students' learning and growing in society.
When I told the kids I would try to get more technology in the classroom, their eyes lit up with excitement!
Our school is focused on using a progress monitoring website that suggests lessons for the students in reading and math. On these tablets with cases, we can install the app for this website that the students can find time for during school hours to complete our 60 minutes for each subject. The students will also have opportunities to use the tablets for enrichment activities that coincide with what we are learning in the classroom to push them even further in their learning!
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