"I love learning!" This statement is what I hear multiple times throughout the week. Many of my students come to school as an escape from their daily lives. We live in a high poverty area with many students in desperate need for attention, support, and motivation. In addition to poverty, my students are challenged each day by their disabilities. Being in a 12:1:1 special education classroom, my students must persevere through obstacles that don't necessarily affect the typical learner or peer.
With our hands-on projects and activities within the classroom, students are able to use kinesthetic learning to achieve the standards and, most importantly, love what they are learning.
My students are able to use their strengths to help one another's weaknesses in order to accomplish the task. Through this collaboration, my students define what a team should be. To have this team environment, it is no wonder why they are motivated to do their best and love what they are doing.
In my classroom, we experience math through a workshop model! My students get to experience several different ways of learning by using a combination of mini-lesson, small group instruction, STEM challenge, and independent practice. In each rotation, I continually observe and check-in with my budding mathematicians through guided math conferences. Using this style of teaching has allowed me to recognize and teach to my students' needs and abilities. I can hone into what each individual requires to progress with building his or her own mathematical mind!
These additional math resources will enhance our workshop learning and further stimulate the critical thinking skills necessary for life!
With your donation, my mathematicians will benefit from the variety of challenges added to each workshop rotation.
Whether these tools such as the magnetic display shelves that will be used to display math books or games for easier accessibility, the hands-on multiplication and division games that can be used to reinforce a strategy during a small group rotation, allow students to work as a team to solve a STEM challenge. Using the magnetic tiles or keva planks, or practice a concept independently with the power pens, my students will be able to use these resources to continue to develop into the problem-solvers and mathematical thinkers that they are and are yet to become!
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