The overall demographic of students I teach include hard-working, fun, and in need of love kids while at the same time encountering tough home life situations. Many of my students live with a single parent, relatives, or foster families. The neighborhood is close knit, while at the same time, populated with gangs, drugs, and crime. School is our students’ safe place and I try to make my classroom their home. One unique thing about my classroom this year is that I just switched from teaching 3rd grade to middle school, which means this is the second time I have had these students!
My students remember our third grade classroom and have asked for specifics by name that made them feel comfortable and excited to learn.
The fact that they have very specific memories of our classroom makes me feel like I may have made even the slightest impact on them and would like to continue to do so in their middle school years. Knowing that they enjoyed and remembered our classroom is a great feeling and one I'd like to duplicate.
As I have my students for both math and intervention every day, it is important I am coming up with creative ways for the intervention time to actually improve their math skills. The most effective way I have seen this happen is with innovative, real-world, and hands-on projects. With the LEGO system, I will be able to show my students how their math skills directly apply to a project outside of answering paper and pencil equations.
I will be able to create a cross-curricular project that involves both science and math on the robotics end and language arts and social studies with a research component all with one project!
Students will even get a taste of what a potential career in a math field would look like! Learning math without knowing you are learning and using math forces students to use their skills at a higher level of thinking which, in turn, solidifies their skills.
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