As a low-income, high poverty school, I see that my students are faced with numerous challenges in and out of the classroom. I feel privileged to work with an extremely diverse groups of students every day who despite the daily challenges in their lives come to school eager and excited to learn. Many of my students are refugees and first generation US citizens who are not only trying to learn the complex topics covered in middle school science but are also trying to learn English and adapt to the way of life in the United States.
Everyone achieves, no exceptions, no excuses!!
Our school motto that the teachers and the students strive for every day. My students embrace their education and the opportunity to learn new things and I want to provide them with the materials to explore science, the English language, and diverse cultures, through the use of challenging, hands-on, and engaging instruction.
Imagine going to an Escape Room, a paid activity where people are locked in a room and have to figure out many clues in order to escape. Completing the activity requires communication skills, problem solving, and creative thinking to get out of the room. Now imagine, bringing the same idea into a science classroom. However, the students are not locked in the room, they have to break into a box that has anywhere from two to five locks on it. The teacher provides tasks for the students to solve in order to open the locks.
Students will gain problem solving skills, out of the box thinking, and use more creativity when they come across other problems that need solutions in their personal/school/work life.
I only have them for 50 minutes a day, but I am teaching them skills they will use for a lifetime.
My students need items to be able to complete escape room tasks which are focused on a variety of science topics. These tasks are student-led learning activities that promote communication, problem solving, and critical thinking. The items needed for the tasks include, lock boxes, a variety of locks, and a lockout hasp.
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