As a teacher in a low-income/high poverty school district, my students face challenges both inside and outside of school. Most are from single family homes and parent(s) rely on public assistance to survive. Free and reduced lunches are the majority and parental support is often lacking. Basic needs being met are sometimes more important than my lessons for the day (having extra food, finding shoes that fit, or brushing our teeth). My students may not have the extra opportunities, the outside school experiences, or the availability of technology at home, but they come to school everyday and want to learn. Despite the many challenges they face, I am looking to bridge some of the academic gap and provide my students with creative and meaningful learning experiences. My students may not have the easiest road to success, but they are mine. I am determined to do my part and make sure they know that they can do/become anything they want, and that they are loved!
My class does not have physical education time built into their class schedule. They need this time to burn off their energy and learn the healthy benefits of exercise. A parachute will provide fun physical activity to all of the diverse abilities in my classroom. I will be able to plan times to use the parachute within my own curriculum. Along, with physical education, the parachute can provide brain breaks for my students and even help reinforce curriculum content while in use. The actual usages of a parachute our endless when you sit and think. Parachutes are an engaging way to cross curriculum and engage all students regardless of physical ability.
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