My students need whiteboards with a blank side for showing math strategies and a lined side for phonics/spelling. Using whiteboards is a fun alternative to paper/pencil.
Motivating students to try concepts that are difficult for them is one of a teacher's biggest challenges. I pride myself in creating a safe environment where all students will attempt to solve problems, especially in math, as it isn't just about knowing the answer but understanding the process.
I have been at my school for 23 years and have built strong relationships with the many generations of families in our community.
We were a Title school until recently when we changed to a traditional setting. Although we no longer have an official Title status as other schools in our district have more needs now, the student's situations at our school have not changed. Without the Title status, we don't have the additional resources we previously did to address their needs. For many of these students school is a place of stability and security. Many do not have the ability to buy basic supplies for school and the teachers help make up for that our of our own pockets. They truly are great kids who want to learn and succeed and they have a good sense of community where we help each other. This year we won a coveted National Blue Ribbon Award from the Department of Education for closing achievement gaps and I would like to help continue those positive gains.
The current set of whiteboards I have are ones that I made from Home Depot about ten years ago. I had them cut the board into 30 pieces and we sanded down the edges. This was because my school did not have the money to buy sets for classrooms. They are no longer erasing well and many have become scratched up and unusable. I use these daily for oral phonogram practice which help students decode in reading and spelling in writing. I can quickly look around and change my instruction based on errors or patterns I am seeing. As a teacher, it helps me know which students need extra help and create small group instruction. In math, students need to show the strategies they use to solve multi-step math problems. Students are generally lacking confidence in math and the whiteboards are a fun way to engage them, yet I can quickly assess patterns of thinking and guide them to effective strategies. It also holds them accountable for effort because they need to show their work.
I have a poster up in my class that says, "It isn't about being the first one done, it is a about doing your personal best".
I try to instill in my students that if you are making mistakes it means you are trying. By having individual whiteboards to use, they feel safe to attempt skills. I incorporate sports into my classroom where they play "against" the teacher. Math hockey is a favorite and they actually ask for harder problems. To me, not being afraid to challenge yourself makes them better.
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|JJ386X - Double-Sided Learn to Print Write & Wipe Board - Set of 10 • Lakeshore Learning Materials||$57.50||3||$172.50|
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