My students are amazing and so full of life. I teach at a wonderful school but we face a few problems. Some of my students have diagnosed learning disabilities including ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, and students with vision and hearing impairments. Despite these things, my students are resilient. My students come ready to work and learn every day no matter the hardship they face at home. My students come from mostly lower income families. Our school is also one of the lower funded in the area due to the low property values and the very low millage rate. My school is a Title 1 where 100% of the students receive free breakfast and lunch.
My students are awesome!
The only thing holding them back is the economic disadvantage many of their families face. There have been several factories close in the region and unemployment remains high. My students are mostly minorities with an increasing number of Hispanic children for whom English is a second language. Our school can be so much better with more resources. Our resources are still slim with many of our teachers paying out of pocket for everyday items for their students.
As a Library Media Specialist, one of my goals is to keep all students motivated and engaged. In order to do this I must adapt to my students' needs. I see many libraries look the same as they did 50 years ago and this is outrageous. Our libraries should be conducive to open communication, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration among all. This simply cannot be done without the resources.
Everything I do in the library is based on research and best practices for my students.
Creative thinking is one of the benefits for students. Not many fields of knowledge incorporate creativity and fun simultaneously. Studies have shown that robotics achieves both. In fact, students love to partake in activities in which they have full control, something that is possible with robotics. And when learners are able to do cool stuff, they want to develop more features. Engagement is another benefit for students. Hands-on learning activities enhance concentration and attention levels, because the more students learn physical skills, the more they want to continue being in the lesson. Creating and programming bots is challenging. However, working through frustration helps students develop a never-give-up attitude. It imparts determination, which is crucial for any technological or scientific undertaking. The students learn perseverance. The students also learn preparedness, programming skills, teamwork, and most importantly fun!
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