This is my 9th year of teaching and my 4th year in 4th grade. I teach 25 4th-graders. They come from many backgrounds. They come from homes that are two-parent homes, single-parent homes, to grandparents raising their grandchildren. My classroom is a place where my students will come and learn and feel safe!
In my classroom, I would like to create an area where my students are able to grow and learn.
My students have such great personalities and are happy to be learning. My students are all across the board in their education levels and I strive every day to help them to be their very best. With Covid going on this presents a challenge as most of my students do not have access to supplies in their homes. This is a very challenging time for my student's lives, with things changing daily.
The use of whiteboards and an iPad is almost a daily activity in my classroom, especially in math. Using the workshop model in math, students come to the rug with whiteboards for guided practice and to record modeled strategies. The whiteboards allow me to see exactly what they are doing, as well as provide an easy place for them to show and share their work. What becomes a problem is the fact that the markers never seem to last, erasers seem to disappear, and the whiteboards slowly become stained from frequent use. When something goes awry, students know that they must leave the rug quietly to get a new marker, new eraser, or the last choice, pencil and paper. Even though they are great about doing this, it is distracting for many of my students who have focusing issues and they miss important instruction form either myself or other students. By having LCD tablets, students will be able to avoid all of these problems and focus on increasing their learning!
By donating to our project, you will not only help to improve and increase student attention and focus, you will ultimately help to increase their academic achievement.
Students will be able to simply focus on the academic material at hand, and not whether their materials are going to work or not. Plus in this technology literate world, any interaction with updated technology will increase their literacy as well as their desire to learn and use the new technology!
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