Every year on the first day of kindergarten I tell my kids a secret: "The principal puts all the smartest kindergarteners in my classroom!" Because of my high expectations for their success, my kids believe they will succeed.
What they don't know is what I need to do to ensure their success.
My kindergarteners come from high poverty homes. Many of our students come with little foundational skills when they begin kindergarten. They are excited to come to school because most everything they learn is new to them.
A main focus in kindergarten reading standards is phonological awareness, demonstrating their understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds. Kindergarten math standards focus on number sense, geometric shapes, and space.
Very simply, my students cannot begin using the Chromebooks without licenses for each one.
Using the Chromebooks in my classroom will offer a novel vehicle to help students who might otherwise have difficulty maintaining focus during direct instruction or are unmotivated to practice reading and math skills taught in whole group.
The Chromebooks will be used in our new reading program which provides lots of opportunities to utilize technology for research, visuals, and phonics skills. We will also be able to use the Chromebooks in our Tier II setting to provide intensive skill practice with specific needs in reading and math skills.
My kindergarteners with limited access to technology outside of the classroom will have more experience with the technology that will most likely be a part of their future. The Chromebooks will be a great tool to help me differentiate learning and close the achievement gaps.
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