My students come from high poverty, low socioeconomic backgrounds. Many of them live in low-income apartments. 100% of them qualify for government assistance and the federal free lunch program. Many of them are ELL learners and speak English as a second language. However, these barriers do not discourage their love for learning!
These students come to school every day excited and ready to improve their reading and math skills.
Their parents are very concerned about their children's education to provide them a better life. Although they are disadvantaged in so many ways, you would never know it by their positive attitudes and eagerness to learn.
This year, our school is going through a transformation. We are looking at how students learned in the 20th century and why they learned that way. In the past, learning was centered around growing seasons and provided for factory-type labor jobs. Now we live in a society that requires more team participation and cooperative relationships.
Twenty-first-century students need twenty-first-century learning.
Our focus is to provide students with more of a team-based learning environment with rigorous interaction and deeper thinking questions. The items I have selected are activities that provide team building aids and question building that require deeper thinking. Student Cooperative Learning Mats will help with organizing students into groups and assigning job responsibilities. The organizing pencils will help with job assignments as well. The "What do you know" activity" will provide deeper thinking questions that will encourage students to utilize more brain activity and create deeper learning. These projects will help incorporate Marzano effective teaching styles by encouraging teamwork on projects and learning standards. It will encourage students to voice what they are thinking and why, and help better prepare them for college and real-world job settings.
It is important that we get our students ready for the new age job market. This project will address new teaching strategies to achieve that goal.
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