My students need an organizing cart and communication center to practice “kinder-pendence” (also known as kindergarten level independence) with their materials.
My students attend a small, rural school in Oregon. The school has approximately seven hundred students and our free or reduced price lunch rate is seventy-six percent. Needless to say, the students in my classroom rarely get their basic needs met at home. For most of them, school is a safe, predictable and comforting place. There are plenty of tears when long breaks and summer comes. The students deal with a lot of adult issues on a daily basis, while trying to better themselves by learning important academic skills. Many of my kindergarten students have to act more like an adult than a child due to the amount of issues they have to deal with at home.
As a teacher, I try each day to inspire my students to break the cycle of poverty and develop long term goals of college and careers.
I do this by getting them excited and engaged in school. Our school, as a whole, is excellent about engaging students and their families by making them feel safe and welcome.
Everyday we use our Chromebooks for our literacy and math centers. On a typical day I spend a lot of time setting up and taking down the computers for students because I do not have adequate storage to give them their “kinder-pendence” (aka: independence at a kindergarten level).
Right now I use a dish drying rack to store the laptops upright and it’s too complicated for students to slide them into slots they don’t truly fit in.
The shelf with small slots will allow students to reach and slide computers in independently. This is a double bonus. Students feel a sense of responsibility in being able to put their technology away and it also frees up more precious teaching minutes for me since I won’t have to do it myself each time.
The rolling cart organizer will serve as storage for all of our math manipulatives and also for our math centers. Each small drawer will have a math activity inside for students to choose to work on during math centers. Most of the time students work with partners or independently and it is important to have a variety of activities available each week. Currently, I spend a lot of the beginning of our math time pulling out these activities for students because they are on a hidden shelf. With this new organization system, students will have kinder-pendence and be able to get the materials out and put them away themselves.
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|JJ618 - Classic Birch Tabletop Communication Center • Lakeshore Learning Materials||$89.99||1||$89.99|
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