The fourth grade children I teach love to come to school and learn. They come from all different backgrounds. One third of them come from military families, another third come from blue collar working families and the last third come from extreme poverty. Despite their differences, they have one common thread: the love of learning.
That was an awesome story!" I hear this a lot from my students. Everyday I conduct small reading groups, based on individual reading levels. This allows me to teach the required reading standards using literature among a modest group of fourth graders.
As a veteran teacher, I know students learn best when I am able to give them individual attention. Small group instruction is when this magic happens. Having an area to conduct small group instruction is a nonnegotiable. This is why I am asking you to help fund a new kidney table for my students.
If you were to visit my classroom one thing you wold certainly see is me conducting small group instruction. This looks like a modest group of students sitting around divulging into literature. Currently I use an old computer table that is extremely cumbersome due to wobbly legs, large dents in the table and an awkward bar that sits between the two ends of the table causing many bruised shins. A brand new kidney table would truly be an amazing gift for my student.
Why is there so much emphasis on small group instruction?
Here are ways small group instruction allows me to teach children. It allows me to gather students with similar needs and goals. I provide scaffolding, feedback and guided instruction. I also am able to meet students where they are and help them stretch upward.
All of this will be much easier with a proper kidney table. You see a kidney table is shaped like a rainbow with a small middle indention for my seat. Students sit around me. This allows me to have easy access to each student so I am able to meet their individual needs.
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