Help me give my students a variety of hands-on STEM activities to enhance their creativity, critical thinking, and social skills.
My first grade students are filled with energy and come every day ready to learn and have fun! The majority of my students are English Language Learners which can be challenging for some learning a new language. My number one goal for my students is that they will believe in themselves and that they can achieve anything they set their mind to despite the obstacles they may face.
My classroom has a very diverse population with ELL students and students with ADHD and other learning needs.
I focus on my students' abilities rather than their disabilities. My children face everyday challenges, but I feel with the proper tools and learning environment they can be successful.
My students also live in a high poverty area, and, in some cases, their needs are not being met at home. Our students come from a variety of economic backgrounds with 100% receiving free breakfast and lunch. The school I teach at is part of a large urban school district. Recently, we have found out our district is in financial hardships and budget cuts are a possibility.
All of my students love to play and just be children; however, some do not have the tools to do so at home. I want to provide a fun and educational atmosphere for all of my students. Having this project funded would continue to help propagate curiosity which will strengthen the students' brains.
Studies show that STEM activities prepare children for today's technology, foster creativity, prepare them to fail and try again, and help them develop passion for future careers.
This is the first year, I am trying morning bins with STEM activities.
This is what the morning looks like in my first grade classroom. First, the children come in, unpack, pick their lunch, hand-in their homework, and get to explore a morning bin of their choice. So far, the students absolutely LOVE it! They enjoy coming in to play and socialize with their friends while using their creativity and critical thinking skills. It also works well to hold them accountable for their morning responsibilities. They know they need to complete their jobs first before being able to choose a morning bin.
Another big impact the morning bins have had on my class thus far, is forming an amazing classroom family. They get the chance to form relationships with their peers through play. The majority of my students are English Language Learners, and I have found that this time of the day is crucial for them to develop the skills needed to become proficient in English.
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