My students are studying a foreign language for the first time, and need resources in order to be able to bridge the gap between their culture and the culture they are learning about. I am a first year teacher teaching Japanese Language at a low-income elementary/middle school. The school I am teaching at has failed to meet No Child Left Behind standards multiple years in a row, and has converted to a charter school and retained a class of 7th graders. In order to enrich the education of these 7th graders, the school has hired me to teach Japanese Language and Culture, but I am unable to do so without proper resources which the school cannot afford to equip me with. The 7th graders are being modeled into student leaders, and need as much help as they can get in order to help restructure the culture of my school and give all students in attendance an opportunity at an excellent education.
The students at my school come from an extremely low-income and high-need community. The majority of these students are homeless, and live with extended families in tents on the nearby beaches. I have had to purchase simple school supplies (3-ring binders, note-cards, scissors) for my students, which has heavily strained my first-year teacher salary. Needless to say, it has been difficult for my school to provide concrete supplies for the Japanese Program I am launching. I purchased dry-erase boards (a shower board from Home Depot that I cut into 30 pieces) and poster paper out of my own pocket, but I have no money left to buy markers to complete my set. Fluency in the Japanese language requires students to be able to write characters and vocabulary again and again. Although using paper and pencil is sufficient in the beginning, my students will need markers in order to decorate our classroom with the countless Japanese words that they will learn in the coming months. Without a classroom set of markers, my students will be unable to efficiently develop independent proficiency.
By helping my classroom with 8 sets of markers, you will be giving my students the opportunity to both hone their Japanese reading skills, as well as develop their creativity. Students will be able to re-write complicated kanji (letters) on dry erase boards, and interpret vocabulary words in a visual way that would otherwise be impossible. The community that I serve has been plagued with countless problems, and many of my students come from broken homes and poverty. School serves as one of the only safe havens for these students, and the opportunity to explore a foreign culture and language gives my students a chance to escape to a safer world, if only for a few hours. With your help, I can build my classroom and allow my students to build their imaginations and reinforce the importance of literacy.
My students need 8 sets of dry-erase markers and 8 sets of regular markers; 1 set for each of the 8 teams that I have in my classroom.
|CHISELTIP DRY ERASE MARKER SET Expo Original Dry-Erase Markers; Chisel Tip, 8-Color Set • Quill Corporation||$9.44||8||$75.52|
|FLIP CHART MARKER 8-COLOR SET Sharpie Flip Chart Markers; 8-Color Set • Quill Corporation||$7.19||8||$57.52|
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