When you walk into my classroom, you will see my students working in pairs, in small groups and there is definitely a buzz. You will see students working on Chromebooks, iPad minis, and even personal smartphones. My students are used to using many different modalities to demonstrate their understanding. More than half of the students in our school come from low-income homes.
My students are a group of seventh and eighth graders who are English-language learners and Spanish-language learners.
They have been learning in both languages since kindergarten in our school, which is a K-8 grade school model.
For years, I have sent home a list of school supplies to my students to bring to school within the first couple of weeks. For years, I've noticed one pattern: some do, but many don't.
Many families are unable to send students to school with the appropriate school supplies, much less the community items that are on the list.
These are items that are equally shared with everyone in the classroom.
With this project, I hope to alleviate the financial burden on many of my families and resupply our classroom with much-needed Paper Mate Retractable Ballpoint Pens, Ticonderoga Sharpened Pencils, Post-it Super Sticky Easel Pad, sticky notes, dry erase markers and other basic classroom needs.
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