My students need help with their reading, and an LCD projector will help to provide them with focus, as well as opportunities to be creative and inspired.
While so many people have so many high tech devices, how ironic is it that some of the neediest students are provided with the most outdated of technological equipment! My special ed students sorely need an LCD projector to give them focus and a way of learning that will capture their attention.
My 5th, 6th, and 7th grade special education students are some of the most endearing and motivated students you would ever want to meet.
They occasionally become frustrated because they can't see their progress (though I can attest that they are making progress!). In the year that I have been teaching them, they have gone from non-readers to students who really can read! Most of them have gone up by at least 1-2 years in reading in the last year, and are learning to decode multi-syllable words and to write paragraphs. They feel very proud of themselves. They still frequently compare themselves with their regular education peers, however, and put themselves down. They attend a high-poverty, inner-city school, and all of them qualify for free lunch. I sometimes bring in jackets and shoes for them, and take their eye glasses to my own eye doctor for fixing. Many of them have no one at home who can help with homework, so virtually all of their learning must happen at school.
I often look around my classroom and think what a difference some technology would make. In spite of the fact that I have created as beautiful a setting for my students as I can, by painting and decorating my room, I know that they are tired of learning in the same old ways, with me teaching them phonics, them reading from books, and struggling with poorly made copies. An LCD projector would allow me to bring in my computer tablet or my laptop, pull down the projector screen, and project for them a whole world of reading that they have never seen before. Just being in a darkened space with a light focusing on words and stories that are larger than life, would make a world of difference for these kids. Also, they could tape themselves doing newscasts which they have written, read plays and perform them, and recite poetry and then see themselves projected. This would take some of the tedium out of learning to read, give them confidence, and add spice and variety to their learning.
This projector will have such positive effects on my students!
Exploring reading and educational sites as a class, writing language experience stories, and writing and performing their own work -- these things will let my students learn to read, write, and apply that learning in ways they never have before! Even though we learn in the most old-fashioned of ways right now, my students still come in with great attitudes. I can't wait to see their excitement when we have our own LCD projector!
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