I have been a Language Arts Teacher for five years in a Title One school. In my school, many of the students’ families face economic hardships where the median household income is considerably below the state-wide average. Approximately 35% of our students receive Free/Reduced Meals, while 25% receive Special Services. Many of our students need assistance with clothing, nutritional and hygiene needs, as well as emotional support. Each day I strive to share my love and passion for reading and writing with my students. I want to help my students develop a love for reading, writing and literature that will take them on many adventures around the world.
I constantly strive to find new ways to engage hesitant learners to share their thinking and personal voice.
I want to create a fun learning environment where students are willing and eager to try, to share an answer, to show their thinking to others to best engage in learning.
As I lead whole group or small group lessons, I see that some students are eager to share and others are always quiet and afraid to participate. Teachers know that there are several possible reasons why kids may not share or contribute in class discussions. Some students may be afraid that they will look silly, nervous, or that their classmates will think they are "stupid" if they say the wrong answer. Some students may have special learning needs that make them feel that they do not want to speak up in front of the class.
Teachers also know that participating in class is one of the most important parts of developing strong communication skills, demonstrating learning, showing the ability to ask questions, understanding class material, and feeling a part of the class.
I would like to provide a low threat, easy, environmentally friendly way for all students to participate in class. A class set of LCD writing tablets are just the tool we need. Students can each have one to use in a variety of ways and lessons. In small group, students can take notes, answer questions, and offer answers. In whole group lessons, students can hole up their answer to compare and contrast to other learners. All students can answer at once which saves students from having to raise their hand or wait to be called on. These tables will be valuable for kids who are hesitant to answer, kids who always want to call out, and kids who don't want to say anything. I also think the kids will enjoy using these. When learning is fin, kids learn more!
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