My students are the dreamers, thinkers, talkers, and questioners. They are future journalists, artists, and engineers. They are our future, and my co-teachers and I want to give them the tools to start their journey towards success. As a special education teacher, many of the students I work with have a multitude of different individualized needs.
Our goal is to meet each and every one of those needs.
Located in one of the lowest-income neighborhoods in our state, our school is an incredible place that is striving to make positive changes in the community. As a charter school, we receive less per student in state funds than a public school. In total, approximately 89% of our students receive free or reduced-price lunch. I need your help to provide my struggling students with the resources they need to be successful.
As a special education teacher, using a variety of methods in my teaching is really important to me. Long gone are the days of students sitting and taking a thousand notes in class. Today's students were born in the age of technology, so it is important to incorporate that into instruction whenever possible.
We recently received a video camera hoping to empower student learning, but quickly found that there is additional equipment needed to upload and convert videos students take onto a computer in order to live stream.
With your help in providing this equipment, we can finally fulfill the goal of creating new opportunities for our students to learn. Just some examples include:
In math, modeling of classwork and homework problems using strategies will not just be up to the teacher anymore. Students can work independently, and in teams, to create a video showing the steps to a mathematical concept that they understand how to solve.
In science, students can create “how to” videos. They could also record experiments and then watch the video to help with analyzing what took place.
In ELA students could create video book reviews that other students could access at any time. They could also act out their favorite scenes from a book they are reading or from stories they wrote themselves.
Schoolwide, the camera could be used for live streaming events so that more classes can participate. We could also one day move from standard overhead morning announcements to student-led video announcements.
Without this equipment, none of this is possible. Imagine the vast number of resources that myself, other teachers, and, most importantly, students could create once we have the proper tools.
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