My challenge every day is being asked as a teacher to expose my students to a wide variety of experiences through reading books, the use of technology, and hands-on science and math activities. However, since our school is located in a low-income area, resources are hard to find.
My students are part of the Special Education program.
They want and need to be challenged and exposed to world experiences that they may not be able to attain outside of school. My school is a Title I school. The school is in a suburban neighborhood in Homestead, Florida. The families are of a low socioeconomic status with 98% of the children qualifying for the free lunch program. There is also a high level of student mobility as families move into and out of the area often.
The ethnicity of our school population is 2.7% White, 26% Black, and 70.6% Hispanic. In most homes, parents cannot speak English or do not have the financial resources to assist students with their learning. When they come to my classroom, I would like them to gain as much knowledge and experience as possible.
In recent years I have allowed my students to eat in my classroom instead of having lunch in the cafeteria. Many of my students are in the Special Education program. The noise levels in the cafeteria bothers them. I also use it as an incentive for students to complete their home learning and to help improve behaviors. I allow my students to eat in a quiet environment which helps them relax.
I have found that since I started this, my students tend to not get sick as often.
I believe this is due to us cleaning the student desks daily after eating lunch. Cleaning the desks after lunch is important, however this causes me to purchase multiple bottles of Clorax wipes during the school year. Creating a clean and healthy environment helps ensure healthier students, improves attendance, and allows for a better education! In order for my students to remain healthy and their classroom to remain clean, we need supplies like soap, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant spray.
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