My students come from a variety of backgrounds and are all being thrown together to learn from each other. Students in my school and classroom come from a variety of homes including single parent, both parents working, stay at home mom or dad, other family members living in their home, homeless/living in hotels or with family, etc. We have a growing population of English as a Second Language (ESL) students which impacts our classrooms.
We have recently become a cohort for Personalized Learning, so we are making strides toward teaching these students with huge differences.
Personalized Learning allows students to work on standards to meet their needs and goals.
We are becoming an Arts Magnet School, so we are not only making strides toward teaching students on a personal level, but we are now going to add arts to the curriculum.
All students are learning the standards required for the grade level and state assessments; however, they learn these at their pace with learning contracts and small group instruction, rather than whole group lessons.
My students often come in without proper organization skills. I'd like to start the year organizing some supplies in pencil pouches for each student. These pouches will include a pack of colored pencils, scissors, dry erase markers, a dry erase eraser, pencils, a block eraser. There will be a laminated list in each pouch, that will be checked off weekly, to help students learn how to stay organized and keep up with their own materials.
Teaching students organization skills will help them get through the 3rd grade, as well as the rest of their school career.
This is a big life skill that starts early in life and most students do not come to school prepared with these skills.
The rings will give students an easy way to hang their pouches to be checked. The rings will also be used to give students brag tags - which are small certificates, to show off what the students are able to do, such as stay organized.
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