My students need different leveled texts and listening center equipment, boom box, easel pads, and pencil sharpener to foster their love for reading. Literacy centers will increase student autonomy in the classroom everyday.
I am a new Kindergarten teacher, who teaches at a Title I school in Baltimore City. My primary goal is to spark the love for learning in each and every one of my students. Once that spark is ignited, the possibilities are endless. I will strive to infuse my enthusiasm of learning into my students.
My students are 85% African-American, 11% Hispanic/Latino and 3% White, where 49% of them are from low-income households.
Baltimore City can be a challenging place to grow up. Sometimes these city schools do not have the necessary resources to receive a quality education. However, these children deserve a quality education and I am determined to give them one! My students have the potential to become extraordinary individuals who can achieve their dreams. They need unconditional love, unwavering support and our ultimate dedication to succeed inside and outside the classroom. I will teach my children to be kind, compassionate and independent individuals, who are confident in their learning abilities.
In my classroom, we will focus on the whole student. I will be attentive to their background, culture, interests, family and other factors that influence who they are as human beings.
These requested center materials will allow for small group instruction and independent learning to occur in my classroom. With the implementation of centers, guided reading groups can occur with tailored instruction according to their specific reading level. While I work with a small group of students, the other students will independently work in different centers.
These centers allow my students to take charge of their own learning and receive differentiated literacy instruction.
These centers can include activities in word work, listening, library, writing or computers. The leveled library will contain texts that the students can read independently according to their reading level. The boombox, headphones, and books on CD will serve as a listening center for the students to listen and follow along to books being read to them. These materials will make centers possible. Once centers are part of the daily routine, students build independence and confidence in their own reading abilities.
The other classroom basics, such as anchor chart paper, organizers and art supplies ensure that every student can access the material. These materials will allow for visual, auditory, sensory and kinesthetic learners to succeed in my classroom. A classroom timer will allow for a consistent and fast-paced learning environment. When I teach with a structured schedule and a sense of urgency, students remain present and engaged. With their constant engagement and participation, we can achieve so much in Kindergarten!
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