More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
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My students need Upfront Magazine for relevant readings for writing assignments and they need mini dry erase boards to provide responses during instruction.
"Make education relevant" is what teachers always hear. No one ever explains how to make education relevant! I have decided that having current, relevant reading materials to write about and multiple means of assessments to gage student learning is a good starting point!
We are a Title I funded, public school in Texas.
Our student body is considered "At-Risk". Our demographics include 51% Hispanic, 42% African America, 3% white, and 4% other (and growing), 40% Special Education, with over 90% being considered economically disadvantaged. Our school district is considered an International District. Our students come from a number of cultural heritages. Each one bringing with him/her his own cultural values, attitudes and learning styles. We strive to celebrate and accommodate them all by being diverse in our thinking and approach to educating them.
Upfont Magazine does a stellar job of addressing current global issues that are often covered in our Social Studies classes. The articles are selected and written with a student audience in mind making it more relevant to their lives and easier for students to comprehend. Often times many of our students have direct knowledge and first hand experiences with the social issues that plague our society. Unfortunately, they do not always have the platform to talk about it. It is our hope that the use of these magazines will spark those discussions.
Using the mini dry erase boards offers the students and the teacher a "break from the norm". Assessing students in a variety of ways lends itself to more student engagement. Research shows Engagement=Learning! The benefit of the dry erase board in the classroom is two fold; being able to show thinking and learning during actual instruction will ENGAGE the most reluctant learner and help to guide the teacher during content delivery.
Our school and district ranked fairly low in Reading and Writing on the state accountability test.
Our campus agrees that reading and writing should take place across the curriculum in order to improve. In an effort to better help our students succeed we are willing to do whatever it takes. If we can get our students reading and writing about things that matter to them, the engagement will follow and the learning will take place. .
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