My students need a rug to gather on during Calendar Meeting when we meet for math and word work.
Did you know that Calendar Meeting can be more interactive than ever before? Technology is changing how students learn. Updated calendar meeting leaves sticky notes and thumb tacks behind engaging students in a daily interactive white board lesson. We have lessons and now need a rug for the space.
My students are a diverse group of 6 and 7 year old first graders in Northeast Georgia.
There are 20 students in my class. My class serves both gifted students and EIP, or Early Intervention Program students that need extra support. My class also has children with disabilities that includes students in speech classes and with hearing disabilities. These public school kiddos enjoy reading and writing and participate in activities including Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. Our school is new, this is just our third year in the building. As a new school, we are low on funds for extra materials. The economy has effected our families and funds to support students are in short supply. Even in these tough times, our dedicated hard working families support us as best they can. The kiddos do not know that we are short money. They see us putting teaching and learning first. Students know that learning comes first and are excited each day to be at school learning each and every day.
I am requesting a rug for calendar meeting. Our school is blessed with projectors that have been underused and new technology allows these projectors to become interactive tools when combined with Mimio Connect software lesson. I created a series of Calendar Meetings to replace our standard calendar time. Before I planned and created these lessons, we spent 15 minutes with the traditional calendar, moving pieces and using sticky notes, markers and calendar pieces to document the days of the year. With Mimeo Connect lessons I created a calendar lesson that allows students to interact with the calendar, creating patterns, adding coins, adding and subtracting days of school and with hyperlinks, connecting to songs and games to support learning. Students thrive in an orderly environment and an area rug is a missing piece in making Calendar Time click. Six and seven year olds are wiggly and defining the area eliminates the moving and wiggling and allows students to focus on lessons.
How are today's students learning?
Students are engaged in learning through great technology. To get the most out of the lesson, a rug makes learning organized and defined. Students are engaged. Now we sit on a quilt that scoots and wrinkles and at times in more of a distraction than a help. Sure, students can sit on the blanket, but with a clearly defined space students can engage in lessons that include finding patterns, counting money, playing with word patterns and much, much more.
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