Our students come to us from a variety of ethnic cultures. We serve a population of students with over 40% coming from low income, socioeconomic backgrounds. Our middle school serves over 1200 students.
The students of our area have endured a traumatic school year following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey last year which destroyed homes, damaged properties, and left many students displaced.
We are Texas Strong, and we are a community that sticks together and helps our fellow neighbors and friends. Our students continually give back to the community through service learning projects. They work hard to provide food, clothing, and toys to those in need, to clean up our roads with trash pick up, and to perform music concerts for our local retirement home.
We need 3 Chromebooks with protective keyboard covers and a tech tub to help my students learn about food. The students will use the Chromebooks both in the kitchen labs and in the class lectures. We will have a mobile classroom, so it is important to be able to take our technology in the Tech Tub with us wherever our classroom goes. We also need consumable paper products for our cooking projects.
My students will work in groups to take notes on cooking technique videos, research ingredients for their recipes, and collaborate with peers to complete digital food assignments.
We are going to be doing a "flipped classroom" where the students look at food videos before we actually start cooking. This will allow our students to take ownership of their own learning by guiding their interests in cooking. The students will take notes and have a better understanding of what we are cooking before it is ever demonstrated in the classroom.
Some of the students affected by Hurricane Harvey need the technology in the classroom to help them complete digital projects that may not be able to be completed at home. By having these resources available in the classroom, the affected students can recover, heal, and rebuild.
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