Our school is a Title I/SEI (Sheltered English Immersion) school that has a over an 80% free/reduced lunch rate. We are one of, if not the most diverse school in the state of Massachusetts. Students have varying academic abilities, from countries all over the world and most live in poverty. Their backgrounds present many challenges in regards to learning; for example I had a student join us in April who was born and grew up in Haiti. He had never attended school before and did NOT know how to read or write. By the end of year, after only 3 months, he had progressed to the level of a second grader. I am committed to providing all my students with a quality education that allows them to access the curriculum.
Over this past year I have moved a lot of the curriculum to a series of digital, online lessons in which the students love.
They need technology that is updated and works to access it.
In today's digital age, I use a variety of video and interactive websites to make history come alive. Being able to give students a pair of headphones, so they can block out the noise of others, helps many students today concentrate and finish their work in a timely manner. I have watched students, both academically talented and those who struggle, work at similar paces and produce similar outcomes. The results are amazing when the only difference is because classroom sounds are drowned out and students can show their true ability.
Over the past year, I have moved my curriculum to mostly an online, interactive series of lessons which allows students to work at their own pace.
(mallett101.com) Paired with a reading selection, there are videos, educational games, podcasts, and audio recordings all of which are designed to help enhance what I am teaching. I had a classroom set of headphone, but due both time and wear and tear most have fallen apart or been completely broken. Some students have brought their own earbuds or headphones, but more than 50% of them just simply can not afford a pair of their own. Getting a new classroom set would ensure that all students would be able to access the audio portion of the curriculum and work undisturbed.
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