Teaching on a small remote island offers both challenges and advantages. Many of my students have known their classmates and also their classmates' families since before they started first grade. However, accessing the outside world and technology can be very difficult. There is often a difficult adjustment period when traveling to the mainland United States or out of the country.
My high school juniors are a mixture of demographics.
It's a melting pot of ethnicity, economic backgrounds, and ability levels. But we all learn and grow together. Our district draws from the largest area in the state and may live out of wifi range and don't own computers at home.
As a special education teacher at a school where free and reduced lunch hovers near 50%, often times the difference between paying attention and not or completing work or not is hunger.
Aloha, we've all experienced what it's like to try to concentrate when hungry. For many students, this is a daily concern. Teachers often share parts of their lunch; an apple here or a yogurt there. But students know they are taking from their teachers. They don't like this feeling.
In my classroom, I try to use snacks to motivate and reward learners.
I use it as a way to feed them, but also make them feel like they earned the reward. I try to fill their belly and their heart. Any donation will be much appreciated! Mahalo for your support.
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