Most of my students have come to America within the last year and are eager to unlock the promise that this country brings. However, without fluency in English, much of the learning that happens in school is frustrating and difficult for them to access. Nearly 700 students attend my elementary school and they are a diverse bunch! Our Spanish/English Dual Language program draws many students to the school, both native English and native Spanish speakers. Our student body is about 92% students of color and at least 60% of our students speak another language at home. Our free and reduced lunch rate is over 70%. The students I work with are just beginning their journey of learning English. They come from a range of countries, mostly Vietnam and a variety of Central American countries. They are polite, respectful, and eager to learn!
Our school is a Dual Language school, which means that students spend half their day learning in English and half in Spanish. All teachers at our school work hard to differentiate their instruction to meet the needs of all the learners in their classroom. When students are learning in both English and Spanish, many types of materials are needed to support students and although the district does a great job of supplying many materials we use in classrooms, this grant would provide the funds to purchase the very specific materials we need to meet the needs of student who do extra intervention work with bilingual paras.
Currently, the space available for paras to run their intervention groups is in common areas between classrooms, which can be very noisy and distracting.
Classes around them go in and out of their classrooms and often try to engage the attention of students in the intervention groups. Students will benefit from the room dividers because we will be able to set up a semi-private learning space where they will be less distracted.
The Spanish games will be helpful for oral language development and reading - we currently have a lot of English games available but only one Spanish game for all of our intervention groups. Though groups are typically doing focused academic intervention, games are helpful for reinforcing concepts in a fun way.
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