As educators, more often than not, we are expected to provide high-quality learning opportunities in our classrooms despite having insufficient materials to do so.
As a new teacher, it is particularly difficult to provide adequate materials for students.
My scholars are brilliant and they deserve high-quality resources and materials that are similar to their higher-income peers. This gap should not determine a difference in their educational experience.
The community of learners in which I teach is vibrant, tight-knit, joyful, and eager to learn each and every day. My students are dreamers. They dig deep into their learning, demonstrate curiosity through questioning, and display a sense of energy that is contagious. My students deserve nothing less than amazing. They are the future!
The students in my class have a wide range of needs. I have several students with ADHD or extra need for movement within their day. I also have students with other disabilities, such as autism, and materials that allow them to touch and feel, chew, or even block out noise or light helps them learn to their highest potential in the classroom. As a teacher, I want to adhere to developmentally appropriate practice and allow students opportunities to listen and learn while also moving their bodies. It is impossible to expect students to sit and listen quietly for long periods of time without movement!
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