My students need paper for handouts in front of them, because many do not have English as their first language. It's hard for them to learn without handouts to write on.
Are you a tangible learner? Always marking, highlighting, and writing reminders? So are my students! But that is all about to be taken away...
This year I have 175 soccer-loving, hard-working 8th graders!
They are the "seniors" of middle school and some are starting to realize it!
They are great students, but many do not consider English their first language and they are already starting with a disadvantage when it comes to what all is required of them by the State of Texas. They attend a Title 1 school, most are on free/reduced lunches, and come from single parent or broken homes.
My students have already overcome many obstacles just by staying in school this far, but they need help every day of the week staying motivated and engaged. With many of them not being comfortable with the English language, learning US History can seem like an almost unattainable task. Now, add learning this history without printouts, notes, or a computer screen for individual use. That is the battle they are currently up against. They are taking it in stride, but many are quickly falling behind as we all try to make this work!
From the beginning of school, pen and paper have been the required material. What we often forget, is how big of a need copy paper is for a teacher to provide her students with necessary materials. As I stated, my students are ESL, which make them very visual and tangible learners. Without copy paper to print them materials, handouts, notes, practice activities, these students will quickly fall behind. Most of my students have never heard of the Boston Tea Party, 13 Colonies, or Industrial Revolution. Now, they are being required to learn these concepts (in a 2nd language) without abundant resources to help remember what in the world all this history is about!
While technology is an excellent resource, my classes are set up with 30 students and only 6 netbooks. That is 5 students per screen that is smaller than an 8.5x11 paper. So, until our school can find the funds to add more technology, my students need paper to mark, highlight, and learn with. They need this basic resource.
I know that donating for copy paper is MUCH less exciting than markers or books or really, anything!
I also know that without this paper, my students will struggle and fall further and further behind. They will be deprived of a basic resource that has been needed since school started! As I already said, my students are not students with access to computers, Internet at home, or many luxuries outside of school, so they need this paper to provide them with the education they deserve.
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