My students need school supplies like notebooks, glue, markers, whiteboards, and scissors to start the year off successfully. These are materials my students use on a daily basis and often start the year off scrambling to obtain.
My 9th, 10th and 11th grade students mostly come from low-income households in the Philadelphia area. The students I work with are in inclusion classes, some for just math, others for just English and some in all inclusion classes. As a team, the special education departments works with them using progress monitoring tools to help them meet the goals in their IEPs. More often than not, school supplies and materials needed for them to be successful in their daily classroom activities are unable to be afforded by them or their parents
Helping these students maintain their basic ability to complete every day classroom tasks is something I hope to start the next year off with.
I want to ensure that they are starting the school year with the tools they need to be successful.
As I am about to end my first year at MBA, I am reflecting on how the year went and what I can do in the next school year to enable my students to be as successful as possible. One thing that struck my mind was school supplies. I thought about materials they could be using and those required that may have been a struggle for some of my students to pay for. In the math classes I work in, we use interactive notebooks to facilitate different learning styles. Essential materials such as notebooks, glue and scissors set my students up to be successful in learning strategies such as organization along with content knowledge. In addition, a great way for me as a teacher to facilitate understanding of content is through the use of mini whiteboards for individualized practice or as a group in games to review material. Also, as I prepare my students for state testing, we use highlighters to identify key words and phrases for better understanding of what the questions are asking. These are just a few of the materials I have requested for my students, but all will be used in meaningful ways to foster a love for learning and academic achievement. I recognized that some students started off behind their peers due to lack of materials and am hoping through donors choose, together we can assist in their success.
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