Bright, beautiful, and inquisitive students fill the halls of our school! Their energy and enthusiasm breathe excitement into the air. Our school is enriched by a very diverse student population, with 40% of our students being English Language Learners. We are a Title I school; 92% of our students participate in the free lunch program. Our school community is enhanced by several special education classes that regularly interact and mainstream with the general education classes.
Our children daily face challenges that would make many adults stumble, but our students come to school ready, eager, and with an irresistible curiosity to learn.
The education they seek will be the key to unlock a limitless future by helping them realize their own strength, potential, and worth! I want to be part of this process, part of their journey.
In my science lab, I want to create a learning environment rich in experiences that relate in meaningful ways to the students' life experiences. At the same time, I want to create learning experiences that transcend the students' current boundaries and allow them to see beyond the here and now to a very bright and vital future.
Our new science lab is growing into a very special place for learning. The students are starting to see the world differently. They are beginning to see how natural systems work together and how humanity can greatly impact those systems. Our school is located in an urban setting, so access to natural environments is rather challenging. When it comes to earth sciences, we are limited to models of the different phenomena and systems. Sometimes the students can clearly see how the model relates to the natural world, other times it remains difficult for them to visualize the correlations.
A stream table will help the students to create several types of models showing erosion patterns that range from the slow changes of meandering streams to the fast changes of floods and tsunamis.
The students will be able to compare erosion patterns with different soil types, rock layers and well planted landscapes where root systems help hold soil in place. I can show pictures of all of these phenomena, but using a stream table will allow the students to discover these concepts on their own, deepening their understanding and increasing the amount of information retained.
With your help, I can bring nature to my students in the form of a very realistic model. You will not only be increasing their knowledge of the Earth sciences, but you will also help to pique their interest in the great outdoors. That alone will help them see more of the world than they have so far. It will inspire them to broaden their horizons and see a different future for themselves.
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