Help me give my students a calm and creative environment to learn and grow in.
My students range from Kindergarten to 5th Grade all with different individual needs. My students are eager to learn and accomplish their goals but each child has a different obstacle to overcome. My students come from a high poverty and high crime neighborhood. Most come to school each day already facing adversity at home. When they get to school they are then asked to complete assignments and keep up with the fast pace of today’s world. This can be quite frustrating for my students as they are also struggling with many different types of learning disabilities.
My students' qualifying needs include Cognitive Disability, Other Health Impairment, Autism, Speech/Language Impairment, Specific Learning Disability, and Emotional Disability.
While my students face many different challenges each day, they still have a desire to learn that is inherent in young children and they just need the right tools to help them be successful.
My students crave an environment that they can feel safe in and where they can learn and thrive. However, there are materials that my school just cannot provide due to cost and limited school budgets.
A large number of the students that attend our school come from diverse backgrounds, and have experienced trauma in their short lives. Trauma impacts all areas of the child's life, including their social and emotional regulation, and ability to learn and retain information.
As part of the trauma informed care that our school does, we are aware that children who have experienced trauma need to feel safe and be in a calm environment in order to learn.
With the materials we get from our project, we aim to create this calm and safe environment, equipped with tools our unique learners need to help them be successful.
The items requested such as the fidgets, noise machine, and visual timers will help our students regulate themselves and become ready to learn. With the low level high interest books, our students will be able to fully engage in reading by finding books that are interesting to their age level while still being at an independent reading level for them. With the writing materials and dry erase markers, our students will have creativity and flexibility to explain and draw out their thinking. They often enjoy drawing pictures to go along with math problems they are doing.
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