As teachers in an ICT setting and low-income/high poverty school district, our students are faced with several challenges both in and out of the classroom. Despite the many challenges they face, we are looking to keep things simple and provide our students with creative and meaningful learning experiences. Our students are courageous and very motivated.
They like to move, they love to read and love lots of positive attention.
Many of them are being raised in single-parent households and receive a free lunch based on their socioeconomic status. 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 our classroom we focus on their potential and growth while they are with us. We may not be able to control their home lives. However, we can certainly control their experience during the school day. By doing this in a creative and positive way, we are hopeful to inspire even our earliest learners to continue on a path of academic excellence.
My students will not use these materials directly, but rather, will have a stronger teacher! These resources will provide me with a repertoire of teaching points that will help me differentiate and target the needs of my students. With these materials I will be able to support students in whole group, small group and 1:1 conferences. These items will further my professional development and in turn, my students learning.
This project will have a HUGE impact on the way literacy and math is taught in my classroom.
Guided reading is a key part of a balanced reading framework and an essential element of a successful reading workshop. It might just be the same thing for math, however, I need the resources to try it.
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