My classroom needs 20 individual chalkboards, 10 boxes of dustless chalk, and one box of sidewalk chalk for students with physical disabilities.
This project expired on April 12, 2008.
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We all make mistakes, right? Especially when learning new things. For students with cognitive impairments, the process of practicing, making mistakes, and then learning how to fix them is critical to learning.
Currently I am the freshman language arts and math teacher at an occupational high school for students with mild cognitive impairments along with a range of other disabilities. Every period in my classroom is full of activities that help my students learn the skills they need to live outside of school, such as how to count money, how to figure out how much you are spending at the store, understanding what words like "produce" mean, how to read the symbols on warning labels, etc.
To help my students understand these important concepts we work on lessons full of technology, manipulatives, and use a LOT of paper... paper that many of my students can’t afford later in the school year after they run out. As a teacher, I supply paper to those who need it, but after a few math problems, writing yes or no to questions, or writing/drawing what they learned that day to show me, the paper is used up and our recycling bin is full. We try to use scrap paper, but it gets used up quickly in 5 classes of 15 or more students. We also try to do activities on the chalkboard, but even with 2 chalkboards there is not enough room for 15 students. Plus, those in wheelchairs are prevented from doing the activity-—something I try to avoid at all costs.
So, what is the solution? Mini chalkboards--one for each student desk. They would stay in the classroom and be used in both math and language arts activities. Some may ask, why not whiteboards instead? Well, I’m practical and know that chalk is much cheaper than having to keep buying white board markers. Plus, I have extra socks from our folding clothes unit to use as erasers. With a few boxes of chalk, and a pail of large chalk for those with physical disabilities, we would be set for this year and years to come!
Please allow my students to make mistakes and fix them, without having to use all their paper. You would be really helping my classroom, and as a bonus helping the environment! All we need is 20 small chalkboards and some chalk.
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