Our Title I school is located in Southern California and is surrounded by three correctional facilities. This year, our school was funded, allowing us to give every student a free breakfast and lunch. Our school's population is around 400 students with various ethnic backgrounds.
Approximately 14% of our school population is comprised of children who are in the foster care system.
We also have a large number of homeless families who live in motels/hotels and broken-down travel trailers that do not have running water or working electricity. Often, our students come to school without having had a warm meal or a consistent place to lay their heads and sleep.
My amazing class is full of energetic, sweet, and smart students within the grade levels of 3rd through 5th. Our class has been designed as a mild to moderate Special Academic Instruction (SAI) setting that has students with disabilities ranging from Autism to Emotionally Disturbed. We are a self-contained, full day special needs class with children who love to use all different types of modalities to learn!
My class is full of artistic, power builders that think outside of the box. Being a special needs class, we always do need to find the easiest means to learn in order to get caught up to general education status. This typically includes using all modalities including visual, kinesthetic, and auditorial methods. By requesting LEGO Education sets, such as WeDo 2.0, Build Me Emotions, and Simple and Powered Machines, I believe my students' academic progress will soar! They will be learning code and how to make machines work. They will also be able to express their emotions, like anger and happiness, through the use of Build Me Emotions. I am praying that we will explore and learn through fun activities that will teach teamwork and self-expression.
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