My student are Oakland, California middle school students who attend a small public high school. They fight the stigma of living in a high poverty neighborhood--over 93% qualify for free or reduced lunch--with resilience and constant curiosity. They enjoy tackling projects and expressing their opinions about their community and world. My students are advocates for their education and the majority will be first generation college students and first generation high school graduates.
My students are smart, funny, and deserve the best.
Unfortunately, our district has prioritized administrative costs and outside contracts over funding student services, classrooms, and teachers.
Over half of my 7th graders read at a 3rd grade-level or below and nearly half have a learning difference. My students need audio-visual entry points in order to access information, and many rely on audiobooks to support their reading and literacy development. I currently have to arrange to borrow headphones from the 9th grade English teacher and work my lessons around hers. I would love to be able to offer my students unlimited access to these resources.
In our next unit, students will be reading different books in literature circles based on interest and reading level.
I want to provide groups with headphone and splitters so that they can collaboratively use the audiobook while in class.
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