I teach in an urban academy community school that provides a structured safe haven for alternative learners. We deliver a highly specialized curriculum designed to engage children where they are developmentally delayed. Our academy is a non-profit school that fosters belonging and acceptance for every child. Our school is filled with eager to learn students, innovative, hardworking staff members, and supportive administrative leaders.
Specifically, I teach fourth and fifth grade and it is important for me to always make sure my students are provided with every opportunity and every resource they need to be able to learn, work, and grow as students.
My classroom is the home of 36 eager learners. Since our school district reports 100% of our students as economically disadvantaged, students lean on me and our school to provide them with what they need to learn. By understanding the way children learn best, I know it is important to not only make sure they are provided with basic school supplies, math, and reading resources but also recognizing when they need assistance with their basic needs being met so they can learn and work to the best of their abilities and become successful, productive adults in the future!
If my project is funded, my students will be so excited to receive new math games to reinforce math skills of multiplication, division, money, and volume to support their learning goals. Many students are kinesthetic learners and visual learners that prefer a hands-on approach to learning instead of completing worksheets to practice skills. Learning games are also a great way to develop social skills of taking turns and winning and losing. My students need to work on building relationships with classmates and interacting with their peers. I can't wait to see smiles on my students' faces when they see their new games.
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