Boy do I think my students are great! They are funny, creative and professional. They come to school with uniforms and urges to learn. The school is located in a neighborhood with enormous social and economic disadvantages. Our elementary school is considered "the jewel" of our neighborhood.
Each of my students is a precious jewel needing a polish to shine brightly.
Nearly all of my students are English language learners. They receive free or reduced-price lunches, because our school is a Title I school that teaches Pre-K - 5th grade. It is the central hub of the neighborhood, with a family center on our campus and a great field to play sports on.
Every day I am excited to enrich the lives of my students. I know my teaching is making a difference. For students who are already at a disadvantage in terms of language proficiency, I use a lot of strategies to highlight oral language retention.
As an educator I have attended 3D printer demonstrations that showcase the immense possibilities and overwhelming student engagement created by having such a device in a classroom. It is a powerful tool that can be used across curriculum, incorporating math, science, and the arts. Third grade focuses a lot of attention on spacial understanding through geometry and measurement. In this project, students will get the opportunity to design and print their own shapes and creations using the 3D printer.
The use of a 3D printer in a classroom makes the material more accessible to the students: when studying life cycles, students will create and print their own animals; when studying economy, students can design and print their own currency; when studying geometry, students will print their own shapes.
The 3D printer will be used to support learning across grade levels: My students will partner with a 1st grade class to teach them design and geometry. In short, this project will make math come alive!
Furthermore, students will learn an appreciation for the process of creating something. We will learn about the students who have printed prosthetic arms. They will learn about using a 3D printer to solve real-world problems. They will have fun appreciating and designing, and learning that with a 3D printer, almost anything is possible.
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