My third graders are talented, gifted, intelligent, caring, responsible, kind, resourceful, creative, encouraging, hilarious, inspiring, inquisitive,...and the list could go on for days because these kids I teach are simply amazing. Each day, I watch them grow and learn, despite the fact that most of them live in environments that children should not thrive in, but somehow my students come to school with open arms, ready to learn. Are there tough days? Of course! That’s where the staff, along with myself, at my school step in. It’s not a one man/woman job, it really does take a village. Working in a Title I, high poverty school, my kids have disadvantages that sets them back. I want to close the gap. One way is through technology. Many of my students don’t have computers or tablets or access to the internet, so I want to prepare them with the needed 21st century skills and our technology in their hands and use it to further their learning and create engaging, fun lessons.
My students struggle to come to school with basic items, such as backpacks, pencil pouches, folders, pencils, etc. Each year several of these types of items are provided to my students so they can have the necessary tools to use for their learning. Since we have such a large population of low socioeconomic students, we run out of these items quickly. Pencil pouches help my students organize their supplies to keep in a centralized location. Pencils and highlighters are items that are frequently used in class. If students have these basic items, it relieves their stress and worry and they are able to focus on their learning.
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