My students are part of an integral program, aimed to improve leadership and transitional skills of high school freshmen. This initiative is also meant to help curb negative outcomes for students in economically challenged and/or impoverished communities. Furthermore, all of our students receive free meals as a result of our Title I status. Despite disadvantages in terms of resources, finances and external support, our students are, by far, some of the brightest our county has to offer.
Innovative tools, advanced learning programs, rigorous classroom supplements and meaningful extension activities are some of the measures most critical in building formative relationships with my students.
Of course, these classroom essentials have to be met with literacy strategies, valuable content, objective based assessment and language development, all of which are included in my lessons on a regular basis. The struggle for my students is acquiring the tangible resources and having access to extension activities that deepen understanding and allow for personal connections to classroom content.
There's always more work to be done in the classroom! With the help of supporters from DonorsChoose, schools that face demographic challenges, like ours, still have strong opportunities to achieve academic success.
This trip will add more depth to our unit that focuses on legislative oppression, inequality and injustice through the lenses and eyes of various non-whites. Using Ralph Ellison's "The Invisible Man", Ernest Gaines's "A Lesson Before Dying" and Sharon Draper's "From the Rock" as our anchor texts, my students will investigate the progression of racial freedom, alongside the never-ending flow of racial inequity. Class discussions, assignments and projects will allow students to further dive into our selected materials. However this MOVIE SCREENING provides an opportunity to connect ideas, fellowship with others and indulge in an environment I cannot otherwise offer.
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