My students need a table and chairs to gather in a group with me for guided math, small groups in science, and group projects.
Small group work is a crucial part of our curriculum. After whole group instruction, I break students into small groups so the struggling students can work with me to get a better understanding of the material. We need a meeting place in the classroom for this small group instruction to happen.
I teach two classes of fourth grade students in a Title I school in Houston, TX.
My students mostly come from a background of low socioeconomic status and love all the resources available to them at school! My school is an elementary school, serving about 900 students in grades K-4.
My students are very curious and come to school so excited to learn about the world they live in. Last year, I started using guided math with small group instruction to provide more support to students as needed. By being able to address the similar needs of students within groups, I am able to see the thought process or areas of confusion for each child. The small group instruction proved to be one of my most valuable teaching strategies and helped me get my students prepared for 5th grade and standardized testing.
Sometimes my students just need an additional person advocating for them or showing them how they can be successful. Small group instruction made this possible for my students.
I am requesting a kidney shaped table, four student chairs, and one teacher chair to facilitate small group learning. The kidney shaped table is ideal for small group instruction since I can quickly assess what each student is doing. No matter where the child is sitting at the table, they are equidistant from me. The kidney table also gives my students room to spread out and utilize their own personal space instead of crowding around a rectangular table. My students will also learn how to better work together in a small group and participate in academic discussions. Every child could benefit from developing more social and communication skills at younger ages, so this furniture will help me facilitate growth in these areas.
I am very excited about the idea of being able to better implement my small group instruction using a kidney table and chairs.
I know my students will benefit greatly from the learning that will take place here. Each donation makes a world of a difference - you are helping my classroom get closer to our goal and, in the end, closer to deeper learning. This furniture will improve my students' math, science, and social studies knowledge, giving them an advantage next year.
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