Do all students learn the same? It is now widely accepted that they do not. With an unwavering belief that all of my students can succeed if they are given what they need, I have committed to give my students opportunities to not only express their knowledge in different ways but process what they are learning in a manner that best suits them. This means giving my students the materials and experiences that make learning the most meaningful to them.
The students in my classroom have much to discover about their own potential.
Many of my students have overcome and are still overcoming challenges in their lives. In fact, our school last year received funding to help our teachers and staff to become trauma-informed. My participation in some of these trainings has reaffirmed how important it is for students to first feel safe at school and second to learn how to consistently express themselves in a constructive manner. Whether it is discussing a math challenge in a small group or working with someone different than them by playing a team sport, this year, with your help, my students will find that they belong to a nurturing and inspiring classroom environment.
This project has two parts to it.
The first part of the project includes practical resources that my students will use and need on a daily basis and the second set of materials will offer inspiration and encouragement in the philosophy of growth mindset.
I've requested large whiteboards to hang in the back of my classroom. This will give students additional areas to work in groups on specific math problems and enable them to continue to explore math problems visually. The clipboards I've requested will ensure each student will be able to make mathematical observations outside as well as inside the classroom. Students will have regular opportunities to connect what they are learning in math to the natural world right outside their classroom. The quad-ruled spiral notebooks will be used by students to process everything they learn in math - from math warm-ups to designing math projects and making mathematical observations. The notebooks will be an essential tool to students’ growth in my math class.
Inspirational posters will offer words of encouragement for my students who often come to my class doubting their own abilities. These posters will be in full view by the entire class so each student will only need to look up from their desk in order to receive a motivational message.
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