My students need a writing center: 2 laptops w/locks, printer, chairs, paper, ink, dry erase wallpaper & markers, crates, folders, flash drives, pens, pencils, and sharpener.
In order to write, we need the time to write, the place to write, and the tools to write. As a teacher, I can provide the time & place, but I lack the tools. For long-term success, students need support in writing. As English Dept. Chair, I am just the person to help, before, during, & after school.
"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." -- FDR.
Students in this urban public high school with special Arts programming (in Theater, Dance, Music, Art, & Creative Writing) are remarkably creative, ambitious, and disciplined, yet many live in situations where access to technology is severely limited. Many of them struggle to find a place to write. If they have a paper to write for a class, they cannot count on having access to a computer, much less a printer and the supplies needed to support writing. The environment required to focus and think -- prerequisites for writing -- may be hard to come by. With limited resources, our school does not afford students easy access to a writing lab, and so students often scramble to complete assignments. It's hard to overstate the negative impact this may have on their long-term academic success.
Two work stations in my classroom will provide a remedy for this lack of access to technology. A long table at the rear of the room will provide just the nook needed to set up a couple of laptops and a printer. To one side is a locked cabinet where I'll store the supplies of paper, ink, and all the rest; on the other side, a bookshelf where crates can organize materials. The two office chairs, portable laptop stand, and ergonomic chair allow for flexibility. All of this will draw kids in to what I'll call a "Writing Suite." ( One more priceless perk: they will have me there to assist them.) I included a couple of classroom upgrades such as a boombox (to improve the audio from my digital projector) and dry-erase wallpaper (to place over a worn-out white board). You might wonder, "Why all the colored paper?" Well, when assignments are printed on colored paper, it adds a little cheer and helps students easily distinguish assignments. Lastly, why Kleenex? Because there's never enough.
This project will provide my classroom with a major upgrade in writing functionality.
When students walk in, I want them to know this English classroom supports writing. They will see that there is a place to turn when there's writing to be done -- no longer frustrated by an inaccessible/inadequate lab. For some, it will mean no excuses, for others it will be a godsend. I'm excited to think of all the teachable moments this project will provide.
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