My students need multicultural skin tone crayons, pencils, construction paper, and markers in order to more accurately represent themselves in self-portraits and convey the diversity found in our world in their art and illustrations.
Step into my classroom and you will find a diverse group of students, engaged in their own way, at their own pace and ability at the task at hand. You may see two or three sets of students clustered around the paraprofessionals, chatting and completing their math work. You may see students working independently or in pairs in the library nook on the floor, spread out and lying down. You may see two or three students working with me on the Smartboard. We are engaged and we are flexible.
I am a teacher of students with disabilities in a low-income/high poverty district.
My students come from immigrant families, foster families, and a variety of family structures. I work to give them positive reinforcement and as much love as they need. I cannot control what goes on outside of my classroom, but my classroom is a space where they can be who they need to be and learn how they need to learn.
We need skin toned crayons, markers, pencils, and construction paper to better visualize ourselves and the diverse and multi-racial world around us. These materials will be used in creating self-portraits, in their day-to-day illustrations for their writing, and their free-time art making.
School supplies are fundamental to beginning the school year strong and with purpose.
The primary journal is an adaptation to the typical composition notebook. The wide ruled lines will encourage students to be more accurate in their letter formation as well as word and line spacing. The box on each page will allow students to plan out their writing visually before committing to the words on each page. These notebooks will support my striving and thriving writers each and every day.
A laminator will provide the classroom with a tool to preserve and protect classroom resources for a prolonged period of time. It is my hope and intention to reduce waste from printing and re-printing classroom materials. A laminator will ensure that long-term materials are saved in high-quality condition throughout the year and from one year to the next. This tool will provide benefits beyond this class of students and beyond this school year.
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