My student's come in every day excited to learn and spend time with student's from other schools. Many of them come in with an excited "Hi Ms. B! What are we going to do today?" and end the day with a loud "Thank you, Ms. B!" on their way out the door.
No matter which town they are from, suburban or urban, my students make amazing friendships while working in our classroom on various experiments, projects, and activities.
My students find joy in being able to come from their respective schools for a portion of their day to explore and share their passion for science. About 50% of them come from the surrounding lower-income areas of the city where our school is located.
A few years in teaching has taught me that the same 3 or 4 kids will raise their hands every time you ask a question. A few weeks with my newest group of kids taught me a new lesson: kids are crazy for dry-erase boards, love using them to respond, and it also shows me things their voices can't!
But I only have 8 of these little dry-erase boards, and most of them are so worn out its hard to read the kids' work, no matter how much I clean them.
I've had to either have them take turns or always have them work together to answer questions. I would like for them to have the chance to work independently on all question opportunities. The markers and erasers will be used along with the boards, and the cleaner will be used to help maintain them for years to come!
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