I teach 7th grade Language Arts, Language Arts Support (focuses on students who struggle with Language Arts) and Social Studies in a STEM middle school in Hawthorne, California. We are a Title I school where 92% of the students qualify for free or reduced lunch. These students live in a low-income, high poverty neighborhood. Student demographics at our school are diverse, with a make-up of 60% Hispanic, 30% African American, and 10% other races. These students live in a low-income, high poverty neighborhood.
My goal is to provide my students with a safe and encouraging environment at school where they can thrive and learn to use technology as a tool.
These students are smart, eager and enthusiastic to learn and become successful.
Our current Language Arts curriculum is online based and this gives our students the opportunity to explore the content in depth. We currently do not have enough devices for each student to explore the curriculum one-on-one. This makes it difficult for students to be engaged in curriculum the way it is intended.
The goal is to give students more time to engage with the text by checking out the iPad's and continue working from home.
Since many of our students do not have computers or any device at home, working from home is not an option. This will be especially helpful for those students that are struggling or need more time to engage with the curriculum.
Technology is such an important factor in today's society and I am looking forward to prepare my students with this skill.
I am always looking for ways to challenge my students and the goal is to encourage students to think critically while using various reading strategies through technology. This skill will help them succeed in school but also in the future in the work field.
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