I teach children with mild to moderate learning disabilities in a high-poverty school where all of the students receive free breakfast and lunch.
My students have been identified as having learning disabilities and receive special education services.
The services are detailed in each student's individualized education plan. Most receive support for a specific learning disability in reading and/or math.
I have to find ways to engage my students; they are used to tuning out teachers and avoiding activities that may make them feel stupid or embarrassed in front of their peers. In order to do this, I will need to create an environment where students feel safe, comfortable, and have access to high-interest, engaging resources for learning. However, there are materials that my school cannot provide due to cost and limited school budgets.
My students will use the Osmo kits to help them prepare for an adulthood of financial responsibility and stability. The Osmo Pizza Co. game will help to prepare students for successful money management while also working on basic math skills in a fun way. Adding collections of coins and making change is a practical life skill that needs to be practiced regularly. During math time, students would have the opportunity to use the Osmo Pizza Company game. This game can be played in collaboration with pairs of students. The student is given a pizza order and then he/she has to make the pizza. The game scans your pizza to see if it is correct. If so, the customer pays for the pizza usually needing change. The student then has to figure out how much change is needed, count out the money and place it in front of the game to scan. It is a fun way to practice running a business and counting back change, helping to reinforce real-world math and financial literacy.
Financial literacy is a complex skill that is essential to independent living and needs to be practiced.
The Osmo kits also provide opportunities to learn to code. Learning to code will help my students to be a part of 21st-century learning in a society where technology is the wave of the future. The storage cases will keep our Osmo kits safe and ensure we don't lose any pieces. I'm also asking for an iPad Mini with case to use with the Osmo kits.
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