As a teacher in a low-income/high poverty school, my students are faced with several challenges both in and out of the classroom. Despite the many challenges they face, I am looking to provide my students with meaningful learning experiences that help them be successful.
My students are learners, friends, and a supportive community!
They like to move, they love to read and love lots of positive attention. Many of them are English Language Learners and receive a free lunch based on their socioeconomic status. Some are even homeless. These things may prevent them from getting ahead early in life and may not provide them with the life experiences many of us see as "typical". From the minute they walk in the door of my classroom I focus on their potential and growth while they are with me. I may not be able to control their home lives, however, I can certainly control their experience during the school day. We focus daily on having a growth mindset, and have a saying in our room "mistakes are expected, inspected, corrected and respected." I am hopeful to inspire these kids to continue on a path of academic excellence.
Students will use these materials to help decide where they learn best and the seating arrangements they prefer. The cushions will be more comfortable and the fidgets will help kids focus. Students are always playing with putty and the fidget tools I selected are a much better option. We are also in need of a few books. These books will get added to our library and help students grow as a reader. Additionally, some of the school supplies like a hole puncher and post it notes are in dire need in my classroom. This supplies will be used and loved for sure.
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