Nestled in a small, part of Brooklyn is a neighborhood containing my young, curious middle school students who are trying to make sense of the world we live. Their thirst for knowledge is one to be admired.
They are creative!
They are vibrant!
"Knowledge is power!" My goal is to empower my students with as much knowledge as possible so that they can be successful. This is challenging considering that my students are English Language Learners, meaning they not only have to acquire the language but they must acclimate to a new world.
My school is a Title I school in a high poverty area whereby most of the student population qualifies for free, school lunch.
Many of the students are currently residing in shelters; none-the-less, my students come to school eager to learn. However, the financial difficulties the students live with on a daily basis make it difficult for students to come to school prepared. In addition, as a result of continuous budget cuts, it is getting more and more difficult for teachers and schools to provide students with much needed basic resources.
The reasons I am asking for assistance with these supplies is so that I will be able to enhance my students' learning experience. Learning is much more meaningful for students when they are able to visualize key concepts. Learning should be fun! Learning should have shapes! Learning should have color! Colors are a key component of teaching. Students can understand similarities and differences when they are able to see these connections through the use of colored paper. Also, providing students with lessons via hands-on projects deepens their understanding. My students need basic project supplies such as: scissors, crayons, construction paper, colored copy paper and scotch tape to create meaningful projects.
Donations to this project will improve my classroom because I will be able to liven up lessons for my students.
Having students create colorful graphic organizers is so much more meaningful to students than having a graphic organizer printed on plain, white paper. When a lesson is supported with a hands-on activity, concepts are sure to stick.
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