My sixth grade students are a caring, hard-working, and energetic group of students with lots to share with our class, school, and the world. They are inquisitive and love learning about other cultures.
They are passionate about building their cultural awareness as they engage in deep conversations about social justice and equity.
As students in a Spanish Dual Immersion program, they are always looking for ways to grow as individuals by learning about the world around them.
Our school has over 70% of the students receiving a free and reduced-priced lunch. 12% of our population of students are emerging bilinguals and 24% of our students identify as Hispanic/Latinx.
The Covid-19 pandemic has thrust my students and myself into distance learning for what could be the entire school year. I am trying to manage teaching my 25 Spanish Immersion students through the use of my school-provided laptop, which really limits the ability to interact meaningfully with my students. Having a second monitor would give me the ability to share my screen with students while teaching through Nearpod and the Canvas platform, while still seeing each of their beautiful faces, as well as, their chat questions/comments. Being able to see them while sharing my lesson will ensure that I can answer their questions in real-time rather than after I've finished projecting my lesson, which would lessen the frustrations students already feel about learning through a screen. Distance learning has made it incredibly difficult to foster the relationship and community building that I pride myself in when I teach students in my classroom. Being able to see my students on the Zoom screen while sharing my lesson is crucial and will keep me from missing raised hands, questions, and important comments.
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