My students need 30 sets of highlighters, to become more active notetakers and readers, and to engage more effectively with their texts.
This project expired on December 5, 2013.
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Highlighters are now a luxury, but active notetaking and reading is still a need. My students do better when they can highlight words they don't know, create focused passages and ideas, and feel like they're actually doing something with their text instead of just looking at it.
The students I'm applying for are my lower performing students, who are typically 2-3 grade levels behind where they're supposed to be as freshmen.
They don't usually read on their own unless it's a text, a webpage, or a note, and are hard to engage in reading. We're a public high school of about 1500. Our student body is over 70% free/reduced lunch, 97% African-American.
Budget cuts have taken out teacher supplies, and with that any chance of getting additional supplies for students. It's hard enough getting them pens and pencils, much less highlighters. But the highlighters help, and have become so in demand that I can't afford to buy them myself anymore. It's a small part of their world, but has become a really positive part of our classroom. Worksheets, vocabulary practice, book excerpts, and notetaking has become much more straightforward because they feel like they have another tool at their disposal. They complete their work more efficiently and effectively, and need less reminding to stay engaged and focused.
One of my students told me that using the highlighters actually brightens her day because she can use colors on her paper instead of her pencil.
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