My students need paper, glue sticks and colored pencils to keep their interactive science notebooks engaging and up to date. The thermometers and prisms are for hands on activities involving light and thermal energy.
An interactive classroom is an engaging classroom. My students learn best by doing hands on activities and being constantly engaged in learning. I keep my students engaged in learning by using Interactive Science Notebooks (ISN) combined with a variety of hands on science experiments and activities.
I teach at a high poverty, Title I school in central North Carolina where all of our students qualify for free lunch.
I'm proud to say that last year, our school was one of the top middle schools in the state for academic growth. At the end of each school year, I hope that all of my students have grown academically and personally. My greatest reward is when former students come back to visit and tell me how much fun they had learning about science in my classroom.
In order to keep the students in our school growing , they need the proper supplies to keep their learning engaging and fun.
My students begin working on their interactive science notebooks on the second day of class. They also do their first lab investigation during the first week of school. Interactive notebooks allow students to make their own personal textbooks to help them learn.
While interactive notebooks are a great way to keep students engaged in learning, they require lots of copy paper for foldables and other items, as well as glues sticks and colored pencils.
Budget cuts to education make it more difficult for schools to supply students with the necessary materials for an engaging learning experience. Unfortunately, I am not always able to supply these necessary items myself. Students should not be able to have engaging lessons and the opportunity to succeed because of a lack of basic classroom supplies.
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