As a Library & Technology teacher, I see close to 900 students come into our school library every week, Our Library services 1st through 5th grade. For many of these boys are girls, this is one of the few places they will see such a large selection of books.
My students deserve to come to a school where their needs can be met and where they can feel success in all areas.
My students come from predominantly immigrant households where English is a second language. Their parents work long hours, many with multiple jobs to make sure they can provide for their families. They want to give their children everything they can, and so do I.
My students are thoughtful and creative. They work hard to overcome learning difficulties and language barriers. They have a thirst for knowledge, but unfortunately, they face many barriers that inhibit success. It is important to me that my students understand that success in school is more than being able to score well on a test. I want to provide my students with what they need to reignite their curiosity and passions - where they can explore and feel part of a community.
As a Library and Technology teacher, I see every student come into the Library, multiple times a week. I share my space with another Librarian and we co-teach our students every period. We typically have close to 60 students in the Library at once. We meet the needs of a variety of students on vastly different ability levels. Regardless if students are in self-contained classes, inclusion classes, or even accelerated classes, we teach them the same concepts, but just not in the same way. Right now we have very old tables and chairs in our library. The tables are wobbly and the chairs are, quite literally, falling apart. This has made it very difficult for our students to concentrate and remain focused. Our students have the desire to learn, but they need the equipment to do so.
New furniture would not just help one class, but an entire school of close to 900 underserved students!
This furniture would allow my students to collaborate with each other. Instead of multiple groups sharing a table, the flexible seating would allow students to break off into smaller groups. With this new furniture, we could create stations and tables that change based on the needs of our students, on a period by period basis. If one person needs to be alone to focus while using a piece of equipment, they can break away on their own. I believe that our students would be invigorated by their new space.
Please help my students feel like the 21st-century learners that they are by providing us with furniture that will foster collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. These tables and chairs will be used during research, computer time, with STEAM activities, makerspaces and so much more.
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