Most of my students are working below fifth grade math and reading levels, but they always have the willingness to learn. We are an inner-city school where the average family falls into the low-income category.
The incoming fifth graders are an interesting bunch, but all are open to new activities and ready to learn!
We are a small, neighborhood, Title I public school and have only two classrooms per grade level. Every child in our school receives free breakfast and lunch. All the teachers, regardless of the grade they teach, have strong relationships with all the students in the building. We do believe that it takes a village, and when the children graduate from our school, we all take pride in the fact we were all part of the process.
Our students come to school every day ready to learn in spite of the challenges they face on a daily basis. Because of that, they inspire me to live up to their expectations and give them a reason to overcome some of those challenges and be excited to learn new things.
Our school district's budget is getting smaller and smaller but the cost of school supplies is getting more expensive as each year goes by. It gets harder for parents to get those supplies. It's hard for students to keep up with all the strategies and skills without having the proper supplies. Teachers do what they can, but many times it falls short.
Supplies like markers, hi-lighters, colored pencils, and glue help students practice the skills needed to learn and understand concepts of their academic subjects.
I want to make sure there are enough supplies in my classroom for all my students to use.
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