I teach technology to kindergartners through sixth grade at a south side Chicago school. The majority of my students are African American, and they come from varying economic backgrounds.
Our school, as a whole, is at about 47% poverty level so we, unfortunately, don't qualify for Title I funding and many other grants to purchase items for these deserving students.
My students, like most young students, enjoy activities that require movement, that are hands-on, and that allows students to work collaboratively during class. I am always trying to find items that will help improve their learning experiences and add excitement to the classroom environment.
All of my students are very interested in computer science. I want them to learn more about the history of computer science, who key people were in the field of CS, motivational books on how to have a positive mindset and to persevere through problem solving, and even some actual reference books on coding.
I would like to have a collection of library books on various topics related to computer science for students to "unplug" and read in my classroom.
Technology is great, but sometimes sitting down to read a book or even the opportunity to do a read-aloud can help inspire a student in a new way. I think I'm just as excited as the students about the books we've selected for this project.
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