I need a laptop and a printer to be able to prepare for class lessons and participate in teacher workshops and staff presentations.
My sixth grade students attend a Title I school in Southern California. Many of my students live in government-funded housing. They all qualify for the free federal lunch program. A few of my students also receive special education support services.
As sixth graders, they have a myriad of interests and abilities that are developing as they become closer to high school and pull away from elementary school.
All of them are inquisitive and come prepared to learn every day. They enjoy learning and get inspired by what we read and do in class.
Because I do not want to become complacent in my teaching methods and class management, I want to incorporate more technology into my own learning and teaching. Having a laptop and printer will be a step in that direction. I would use them both to successfully implement CCSS into our new Language Arts and science programs. I will be able to download online resources, create student materials as well as download audiobooks for my students to enhance our genre studies in our language arts program. On the laptop, there are apps and websites for assessing students and directing them to reading and math apps that align with Common Core standards. I will have access to our Google classroom wherever I am. Also, iTunes University will allow me to augment my subject knowledge with a variety of classes from which to choose. I will also use a laptop to collaborate with other teachers via video conferencing with teachers at other locations and webinars on my teaching craft and content subjects. I will be able to use a tablet to present ideas at professional development workshops and staff meetings.
I strongly believe that the materials and resources that can be created on the laptop and printed on my own printer would greatly improve my teaching practice and preparation as well as the education of my students.
Such tools are indispensable for a teacher implementing Common Core Standards today.
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