The students at our school are brand new to middle school. Some students come to my class excited because they love literature; others come simply because their schedule tells them to. It's my job every day to make them want to learn and feel invested in their own learning.
My students are in the sixth grade, the 'new kids on the block' in middle school.
They are passionate, but only about the things they care about, which can sometimes seem limited. I try to have a variety of ways to reach my students, through technology, interactive notebooks, literature they relate to, and one-on-one conversations about their learning. It's important that while we still have them in school, we can focus on getting them interested in the learning process!
Our Title I School is located in Atlanta, Georgia, the heart of the South! There is so much to see in Atlanta, but many of my students don't get to explore much outside of their own neighborhoods. The beautiful thing about language arts is that I can take them around the world through the books we read, without ever having to leave the classroom.
These materials will help set my students up for success this school year. It's impossible for students to learn what they need to if I'm unable to print and copy materials for them. It's also impossible if they have nothing to write with! Students are given Microsoft Surfaces by our district, but they're older devices that don't hold a charge. These chargers will help students who need their devices in our class, but they've already used up the battery by my class period.
While most of the items are basic supplies needed to run a classroom, some will really add an extra layer to our classroom!
For example, the directional locks will help with our breakout boxes we have. Now, more games will be open to students when practicing and reviewing concepts in our ELA classroom. I'm also asking for a tapestry to hang in our reading nook. I think it will really make students feel at home and comfortable when reading on our bean bag chairs!
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