My students are unique. Most of my students are fluent in more than one language. Students come from all over the world and speak many different languages. Together we illustrate the "salad bowl theory." A concept that suggests that the integration of the many different cultures of our classroom combine like a salad, as opposed to the more traditional notion of a cultural melting pot. We each bring a different flavor to our classroom. That's what makes it beautiful, colorful, and fun!
In today's classroom a document camera is a must! Document cameras allow teachers to project images on the white board for students to see. Teachers can display work samples so students can correct their work. Teachers can also display reading selections to explicitly teach students close reading skills like highlighting important information or taking notes in the margins. A document camera also helps teachers project manipulations for math. For example, when teaching how to add and subtract fractions the teacher can project the movement of fraction tiles and thought process that goes behind finding the correct answers. Students can also use the document camera to proudly showcasing their work to the class. They especially like taking on the teaching role and explaining how they arrived at the correct answer using the document camera to show their work.
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