I teach Kindergarten at a Title I school with many low-income students as well as ESL students. My students are sweet and eager to learn but also need help to stay focused and interested. I also have some kids who have suffered intense trauma as well as other kids who just struggle with anxiety and ADHD. Our Kindergarten provides two classes with an OEK schedule. I teach the students who have opted for a half-day schedule. My students love to have fun and often ask for "story-time" as they find it engaging. Our classroom has a warm, friendly environment, and students feel comfortable asking questions and making mistakes. Students know their way around the class and are very much self-sufficient!
Due to the pandemic, I have had an unprecedented amount of students struggling with anxiety and other emotional/behavioral concerns. I do my best to accommodate for each student's individual needs and model healthy coping skills. However, I think one of the most effective things I can do for all students is to keep them engaged with their learning. Having an IPAD (using the Notability app) will allow me to pace my class appropriately, utilize research-based educational programs, draw on resources from social/emotional wellness apps, and most importantly, keep them engaged in their learning!
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