My students need classroom supplies to support organizational needs and creative thinking such as post-it notes, dry erase markers, storage bins, erasers, chart paper, cursive name tags, and highlighters.
I teach in a large school urban system that houses five different schools, including four PK-8 buildings and one high school. I teach in a fantastic PK-8 school filled with eager to learn students, innovative, hardworking staff members, and supportive administrative leaders. My school houses approximately 1,200 students that live in the Northeastern portion of the city. It is the largest of the four PK-8 buildings in the city. Our minority enrollment is around 42% of the student body. Our offerings and programs provide our students with a plethora of learning opportunities including a balanced literacy framework and a conceptually based math program.
Specifically, I teach fourth grade, home of diverse learners.
Their abilities range from students with disabilities to students identified as gifted learners. Since our school district reports almost 98% of our students as economically disadvantaged, students lean on me and our school to provide them with what they need to learn.
The students need writing materials such as dry erase markers and erasers for their boards as well as large post-it paper to encourage their creative writing during their literacy time. Literacy is such an important focus of our time in fourth grade and the encourage this development these students need these valuable materials to allow them this opportunity to strive and develop. Many of our students come to school unprepared with their supplies and by having these available for students will allow everyone the same opportunities.
Having the opportunity to work with students of all different needs allows teachers to gauge what is needed to assist students in classroom success.
Organization is one of these important needs for students in my classroom. By offering them the chance to locate materials quickly with personal book bin space, as well as clear identifiers for their desks with cursive name tags, will allow them to be prepared for their day of learning. This will also assist students who are less organized and need that special direction to help them daily in their own classroom space.
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