My students are energetic, smart and determined. I teach middle school students in a 100% Title I school in Philadelphia. My middle schoolers are at that age when there are many changes in their life. They enjoy a mid-day snack to fuel their growing bodies.
In my classroom, I make sure my students are fed and cared for so they can put their efforts into learning.
We work to make sure we are all okay no matter what is going on in our life. When we are in my room, we have an opportunity to brag about each other and post shout-outs about each other on our Brag Wall. It is a great way to build community, develop empathy, and learn how to respect others even though we are all different.
Math can be a difficult subject for many students. I want my students to learn that they can accomplish anything if they work hard and set goals. Building grit and helping each other in order to solve complex math problems is a classroom goal.
I would like to give my students a variety of snacks such as granola bars, fruit snacks and cookies on testing days. When children are hungry, they cannot think and learn. Our basic needs must be met in order for children to do their best and focus on school work. When a child's belly is empty, their brain is not thinking about school work, it is focused on the hunger. To fill those hunger pains, I would like to offer my students granola bars and fruit snacks. Let's be sure every child is fed especially during these middle school years and during those days of testing.
My children cannot think or learn when they are hungry.
I have witnessed this first hand in my classroom. Children come in late, miss breakfast and do not get lunch for another 4 hours. It is difficult to concentrate on school work when all they can think about is getting something to eat at lunch. Middle school students are distracted enough, hunger should not be an issue. How can they possibly endure long state testing when they are hungry.
I would like to provide snacks so that my children are able to work harder during these long tests.
One or two snacks really do help when so much is being asked of children. It curbs their hunger and enables them to focus more on their work. As Pearl S. said, "Hunger makes a thief of any man." Let's not steal education from our children. Let's help our children concentrate on their school work so that they be the best that they can be and do their very best in school.
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