I have a room full of curious, smart and hardworking six- and seven-year-olds. My classroom consists of three different languages, but they all share the same passion and excitement for learning. Many of my students depend on local churches to donate food and clothing for their families throughout the school year. Over eighty percent of my students receive free or reduced price lunches. Often times, I provide my students with the basic school supplies they need to be successful in the classroom.
Most of my day is spent teaching in small groups while other students work independently, with a partner, or in a small group reviewing skills learned using various games and activities. My students love listening to books online and playing games to review math and reading skills.
Technology is very engaging for my students, but they don't always have access to it.
We have Chromebooks that are several years old that are falling apart. There is a cart of new Chromebooks shared between the first grade classes, but it's much easier to have the technology readily available in your own room.
In addition to using apps to review and learn new skills, I also want the students to be able to take pictures of their learning using an app called SeeSaw, which allows students to create a digital portfolio to share with their parents. SeeSaw allows me to upload assignments and students work right on the iPad to complete. This will really cut down on our paper usage in our classroom.
Students will also be using the iPad to code Dot and Dash robots in the classroom and access other coding games.
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