Dr. Seuss wrote in his children's book, "Horton Hears a Who" that "a person's a person no matter how small" which I post in my classroom each year to remind my young students how much they are valued and appreciated in my classroom and beyond.
This year, I have the honor of moving back to kindergarten which I taught for one school year and fell in love with and have always wanted to do again.
After having taught various age groups, I believe that one of the most important educational initiatives is setting a strong, authentic and effective educational foundation in kindergarten.
My students will be a group of unique and energetic five year olds who will look forward to school and make my job that much more enjoyable and rewarding. Unfortunately, they live in a poor Bronx neighborhood which does not offer them all that they deserve. Most come from single parent homes or non English speaking families where poverty is a daily issue. My school also lacks many resources as our demands and needs are just too high for our supply, therefore affecting each student's maximum potential to achieve and strive.
My students will begin their academic journey in kindergarten much like many of us with each new endeavor. They will be scared, anxious, excited, and timid. Along the way, they will find both challenges and successes. Education is changing from generation to generation and from year to year. With that, so are the interests of students and what engages and excites them.
By donating to this project, it will help to expand our technology center which currently only has my personal iPad and help to create an actual area where students can integrate technology as they work on improving literacy and math skills.
This area, which will hopefully expand to three iPads, will be able to reach 3-6 students during center times for reading and math workshops and allow them to work on skills that kindergartners need in order to meet Common Core Learning Standards.
My 21st-century learners have been born into a world in which technology and its' effectiveness has been used and carried out in all areas of daily life. It will spark interest in them by wanting to also use this technology along with the visuals and audio accompanied in many educational apps, that will help support and foster the diverse learning styles of students. Students who may not have access to technology at home will greatly benefit from this technology center, as would students who are English Language Learners and can use the audio aspects to develop language. Lastly, iPads can also be used throughout the day by students independently who may need to fine-tune certain skills or may simply need a differentiated version of a task being given to the class.
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