I work in a very small community that sits on the southern state line of Texas and Louisiana. Two days before the first day of the school year Hurricane Harvey devastated our town. Of the 1,800 students we service, 1,100 were directly affected by the storm. Many lost everything. Not only possessions, but their very homes. Forcing them to live in a variety of situations: motels, shelters, RVs, pop-up trailers, or moving in with relatives. It took two months for us to obtain enough space in our district to resume school. Our entire junior high campus was relocated to the high school.
We created classrooms in any and every available space, including gyms, closets, foyers, and dressing rooms.
We've each had to create our "classrooms" from extremely limited furnishings. I am currently using a folding table for my teacher desk and a shower curtain as a whiteboard. My classroom is actually the high school drill team's practice studio, complete with an entire wall of mirrors! I've done what I can to make it a safe and welcoming place for my students, but I need your help to do more.
With the Breakout EDU Kits, my students can work together to solve problems of increasing difficulty, solving puzzles while reviewing material for our upcoming state mandated testing. Rather than practicing skills through days and days of worksheets, I can create a themed escape room. By completing the escape room my students are not only having fun, but they are being challenged in a variety of ways. These EDU kits also foster a sense of cooperation and collaboration which are traits they will need to succeed in their adult lives. These kits can also be used over and over again for years to come and in any content area.
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