Help me give my students opportunities to earn breakfast and snacks throughout the day! Many of them come from situations where food is not always plentiful at home or they might call home a shelter.
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Hi! I teach students in an Emotional Support (ES) classroom. They are various grades (9-12), very diverse, and our school has an 89% lower socioeconomic status population. Some students also speak English as a second language. Unfortunately, this particular group of students has a large percentage that have run-ins with the law and many of my students have been arrested for a variety of reasons. Some have been locked up, others have been in alternative education placements and a good number of them are on probation. There's never a dull moment in my classroom!
If you are not familiar with students in an ES population, they all have a diagnosis within the mental health spectrum, mostly Emotional Disturbance, but some students have social anxieties.
They all need to learn coping mechanisms for their emotional battles, so much of our instruction focuses on behavioral instruction in addition to curricular needs.
ES students have the worst lifetime outcomes in America, with 40% of them dropping out of school. If they do not get help or get a diploma for a better future, the outcomes are very grim (drug abuse, homelessness, jail and death). Help me make them heard, understood, and successful!
I have been providing students with opportunities to earn snacks and drinks in class. When they come to class on time and as scheduled, complete their work, and behave in appropriate and expected ways, they earn the choice of a snack (food and drink items)! Many students come from homes with limited food availability or from situations that leave them tired and not focused to learn.
My students are typically not motivated by grades and like to say, "Doing this work doesn't earn money!" To help them learn the value of being rewarded for hard work, they can earn the "money" in terms of what motivates them - food.
What growing teenager doesn't want food?
My current supply of snacks and drinks is running low, so it needs a replenish. Items I have selected are what students requested. Some students eat the snack right away and others choose to hold on to theirs for at home. Anything from this order that is not utilized by the end of the school year will be provided to students in the summer school program.
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