Most of my students live in the Northeast area of Los Angeles, which has historically housed an ethnically-diverse, first generation-bound population. Many students have parents who work two jobs, while others have to take a bus and walk many blocks to make it to school. Despite all obstacles, my students and their families do their best to take advantage of every educational opportunity that comes their way. My classroom provides them with a safe and welcoming environment in which they can be scientists and be free to learn from their mistakes.
Instead, relying solely on the activities that traditional learning calls for, such as reading, highlighting text, and watching videos, my students benefit a lot from doing meaningful, hands-on activities and experiments, whole-class debriefs, and from spending most of their time in the classroom working in teams.
Because we're a Title I school, I don't have enough resources to plan and facilitate a lot of actual experiments and engaging discussions beyond the traditional call-and-response. With the proper materials, my students will surely realize that science is fun and just how much we need people like them in the science field.
I want our classroom to reflect the strengths and interests of all of my students. Not all students are good at demonstrating their knowledge through writing or tests; some are better artists and crafters. Therefore, I want to provide my students with flexibility in how they can show me what they have learned by allowing them to engage in arts and crafts as an option.
Learning should be a personalized experience for students.
It's important to let students decide how they can best demonstrate learning and progress, so providing them the opportunity to create artistic pieces or models will honor the fact that not every student is the same. By providing this structure to my instruction and assessment, I hope that students will find the lessons and assignments more personally relevant and meaningful. This would then translate to more retention and lifelong learning.
Through the items I've requested, such as paint, brushes, post-it pads, markers, pencils, yarn, pipe cleaners, cardstock, and more, I'm hoping to have a good supply of the basic materials students might need for their projects.
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