My school is part of a large urban school district that is faced with an enormous budget crisis. In the media we often hear about all the negative things happening in education, and very little about the positive opportunities that are offered.
Despite the negative propaganda,my students are energetic, enthusiastic risktakers who love a challenge.
They travel by bus, car and trains to attend our school. They make the journey outside of their neighborhoods because they, as well as the parents know we go the extra mile to engage our students in authentic learning experiences.
Most digital educational platforms come with video instructions that include audio. While a few students have their own personal headphones, many do not. The students without the headphones have to listen to their instructions at a low volume, this causes frustration and puts them at a disadvantage. The headphones will allow my students to engage in digital assignments at an appropriate listening volume, and increase student engagement, while eliminating distractions.
In addition to providing access to audio instructions, headphones are a beautiful way for students to attain instant solitude in a sometimes over stimulated middle school classroom.
Whether it’s listening to a pre-approved playlist, an audiobook, or a an set of instructions there’s a place for being in one’s own head.
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