I teach a group of enthusiastic, clever, and curious students. The community we live in is small and rural, and economically disadvantaged. Many of my students live out in the woods, or in trailer parks. Some have never been to a big city. They enjoy being at a school where they can have two meals a day, learn and play with their friends.
Some of my students are fortunate to have families with steady incomes; others aren't.
Year after year I teach children who have the desire and gumption to learn and create yet not always am I able to provide all of the materials to my students as I would like. I sometimes feel as though our school is stuck in the dark ages. My students can break out of the cycle of poverty because they have the spirit and potential. I provide the instruction and guide them to creating a caring supportive classroom environment. Now we just need the tools.
My school has adopted a wonderful curriculum for language arts. The problem is the curriculum comes with an intensive online component that allows the children to listen to the texts. Unfortunately, we only have access to one computer cart and an outdated computer lab. Both are shared by 15 classrooms. Having earphones available to my students will make their experience so much better, and will allow them to access the curriculum in a better way. It will alleviate some of the embarrassment of having to have lower level texts read to them, and it will encourage them to listen better and read better as they will have a good model to listen to.
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