My students need writing centers, journals, privacy partitions, folders, a timer, and a pencil sharpener to stay focused and ready to write amazing stories.
There are different rules for reading, for thinking, and for talking. Writing blends all three of them. I would like to connect all that we have learned this year and create interesting and engaging writing units that stray from the book and instead, embrace my students' personal and unique lives.
My students are in grades 3-5 and they all have disabilities ranging from autism, Down's syndrome, speech and language impairments, cognitive delays, and various learning disabilities.
Our school is located in an impoverished neighborhood in the third-largest school district in our country. We are located in a predominantly Hispanic and Arabic neighborhood. As a result, many of my students are also English Language Learners.
Unfortunately, my school is a Title 1 school and many of my students receive free or reduced lunch. They do not have access to the same resources at home that other kids throughout the country may have. This means that much of their learning takes place in the classroom.
My students need writing centers, journals, folders, a timer, and a pencil sharpener to stay focused and ready to write amazing stories. With these supplemental materials, I will be able to establish learning centers in my room and create meaningful and engaging units on the various types of writing. These fun activities will turn what seems like a daunting task into an exciting and engaging medium for students to express themselves. As many of you may know, writing can be a great outlet to exhibit creativity, feelings, and emotions. Most of my students, although they try their hardest, have a hard time expressing themselves through conversation. I hope that by improving their writing, students will discover a new and positive means to speak to the world and those around them.
I believe character is just as crucial to making a well-rounded student as are academics. Writing is the avenue that combines these two, often codependent characteristics. By learning to write, I have no doubt that students will learn more about themselves.
Students who are good talkers are usually good writers too.
Good writers subconsciously use skills learned in school and make it applicable to all aspects of life: how to speak to adults and peers, how to get the job they want, appropriate tone of voice to use in different situations. Your donations will not only help students learn the process of writing but in the grand scheme, build on the essence that makes us all human: communication.
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