I teach in Phoenix, AZ, at a Title I school that services students who often struggle with language barriers. Ninety-nine percent of students at my school are eligible for free/reduced-price lunches. Many times, students come to school in uniforms that are ill-fitting, dirty and have been worn so often, that they are almost falling apart. It would be easy for these students to feel cheated by a school system that does not understand the struggles that they face daily.
In my classroom, we collaborate, we work hard, we push past struggles, and we challenge ourselves to be greater than we were when we started the day.
This is not always easy. There are kids of all reading levels and abilities in my classroom. Sometimes, we make mistakes. However, we do not give up in my classroom. We learn from our mistakes so that we do not make them again. We help each other. We recognize and accept our differences. Most importantly, we appreciate all the different skills, mindsets, and ideas that the people in our class bring to the table.
I believe that an organized classroom helps students to reach their full potential. Through this project, my class will be able to keep their supplies neatly put away. They will be able to keep important documents safe in their Data Binders to keep track of.
I am requesting several different tools to help my classroom stay organized.
The laminator and sheets will allow for students to keep their QR codes for logging into to their devices from getting worn away and ruined. A shoe organizer will allow students to store their headphones for easy, tangle-free use. The copy paper box that we store headphones in now is not helpful in the least bit. It tasks time to find and pass out headphones to each student. The hole punch and page protectors will help to ensure that important papers are kept in student binders for safekeeping. This will help students keep and sort their Data Binders so that they can display their growth in a more functional manner. Lanyards will help keep students from losing their ID badges. Currently, they have cheap clips that break and fall off. Countless badges are lost.
My goal is that staying organized will allow students to use their time more productively. They will be able to quickly access their belongings so that they may quickly transition to the next task.
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