I teach English intervention to 5th through 8th graders at RMS. We are an inner-city school in Lowell, MA. Our school is tough. Many of our students are living below the poverty line and come from unstable homes. We cannot rely on our students having access to the same materials other students might take for granted. Many of my students are reading far below their grade level. In order to help them improve, the school has introduced Lexia for some of the students during their intervention time. A part of this program uses sounds to read to the students and help them with spelling and grammar. That is where my problem lies.
My students are eager for the opportunity to have access to the computers in the classroom but don't have the headphones needed to benefit from the program.
We also have to also use these headphones for Access testing, so we don't have enough for both programs. We really need some new headphones, but there isn't money for them.
Technology is becoming more and more of a staple in the typical American classroom. There are many online programs made available to students that will help them improve the basic skills they may be lacking. Among the programs my students use is Lexia. Lexia is a literacy training program that will help bridge some of the gaps my ELA students have.
Technology can help improve their grasp on language.
For some of my students, it is a language barrier that they are struggling with and for others it just a lack of commitment to their education. Regardless of how students came to be below level, my job is to help them improve. Right now a lack of access to technology and resources, in this case, headphones, is standing in the way of my students' success. The current headphones we have are old and in very poor shape. They hurt the students' ears and don't always work. With your help, I can procure the headphones my students need to use an online literacy program during class without disrupting the other students.
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