I am a first-grade teacher at a suburban, Title I school in southeastern Virginia. One hundred percent of the students at my school receive free breakfast and lunch. Many receive food bags to help support their families over the weekend. Of our student population, 80% are considered to be a minority and 74% are economically disadvantaged. Some of my students struggle with language. Some of my students struggle with self-control. One thing they don't struggle with is their eagerness to learn!
We are a diverse classroom with many different learning types and abilities, but one thing is for certain: my first graders are AMAZING!
Although we use technology in our classroom, we love exploring our world and learning through hands-on experiences. My students LOVE working independently in center tubs during our reading and math small group blocks. Hands-on learning experiences provide my students with a positive, confidence boosting learning opportunity that will encourage them to work independently and have fun while learning. In addition to hands-on learning opportunities, we also love have flexible seating options. My students love to stretch out while working. We are a busy classroom, but we are busy having fun and learning at the same time!
Data, data, data - it's a four-letter word that every teacher hears at least 4983759376 times a week. We are constantly collecting data, analyzing data, and using data to drive our instruction. Lugging around my Chromebook is not always the best choice, especially when I am working in my classroom with my first graders. We are on the floor, or I'm working one-on-one with a student at their desk, OR I have a small group at my reading/math table. Binders, Chromebooks, and papers take up space - I need to have all of my information in one efficient, accessible place. I also want to provide my students with a resource that will allow them to easily access their data goals, especially reading levels. By giving my students a resource they can access to track their progress and reflect on their learning goals, I am providing my students with the opportunity to take ownership of their learning AND allow them to reflect on their learning.
The Microsoft Surface Go will allow my students and I to have information at our fingertips.
It will serve as a check in station for us as we move through the rest of our school year. No longer will I need to reach for a binder or charger cord. No longer will my students have to track their reading goals on paper. The tablet in combination with the stylus pen will allow us to take notes, enter data, and review goals. This will, in turn, allow me to plan for my students all in one compact place. The docking station will turn the Surface Go into a "goal station" where students can check in on their progress, especially when reviewing videos of themselves reading passages for fluency and comprehension.
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