Almost all of my students live in poverty. They come to school with a smile every day when most people would give up. My students have a desire to do well and they want to do well in school. None of my students come into my class and say I don't want to learn today.
I am doing all that I can to help my students not become a statistic.
However; the current statistics show that African American, Hispanic, and low-income students enter 4th grade two years behind and by the time they reach 12th grade they are 4 years behind. Since all of my students are African American and most of them are low-income this gap my be even greater.
School is ever evolving and ever-changing. More and more of the content that students are exposed to is not in a textbook, but through current events and non-fiction articles. I often provide these resources to my students in black and white. When a student is reading a primary source about the Civil War and everything is gray and does not stand out. My students are missing out on some important details.
The students I teach are seven times more likely to drop out of school than their same age peers who come from families with higher incomes.
I strive every day to help my students and hope to provide them with as much content as I can in the 180 days that they are in my classroom.
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