I teach a great group of students in the social-emotional/behavioral disabilities program at my school in MA. We are part of the Boston Public Schools system and many students are on IEPs or are considered English language learners. Many will be from immigrant/refugee families. Students are part of the free lunch program.
My students are amazing.
I bet every teacher says that on this site. It's almost like we're parents, and we all think our kids are the best. Mine truly are.
My students come to school every day, knowing it is a safe place to take risks and achieve great things. Some are fighting with emotions that they can't control.
Others are learning how to identify strategies to overcome their disabilities, while we teach them that nothing can hold them back with hard work and determination. Others are just looking for a safe, warm place with a hug and food to put in their bellies.
The journey continues!
I am asking for an additional Chromebook to help move us toward becoming a one-to-one classroom.
Even though we are an ELA classroom, it is important to incorporate basic STEM skills every day. Students will use this Chromebook to: access Google Classroom, conduct research, check their grades, and more. During senior year, students will make sure to have a working draft of their resume, a personal Google account for email and documents, and a complete personal statement. It is clear to me that students need to have access to the internet and be taught how to be computer-literate (which is different from smart phone-literate!). Technology is important in our inclusive classroom to help me ensure I am meeting each and every student's individual needs. The world is developing rapidly, and it is important to make sure my students are not left behind. Basic computer skills are a necessity in today's world.
I am also asking for a handful of texts to support my classroom this year. It is important for students to have relevant texts from various authors. For this project I am asking for a small class set of Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo. It is a novel written in verse about a young girl that grows up in the a Dominican community within Harlem. Students may use Elizabeth Acevedo's writing to refer to for inspiration throughout the year!
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