As a teacher in a low-income/high poverty school district, my students are faced with several challenges both in and out of the classroom. Despite the many challenges they face, I am looking to keep things simple and provide my students with creative and meaningful learning experiences.
My students are creative, clever and very spontaneous.
They like to move, they love to read and love lots of positive attention. Many of them are being raised in single parent households and receive a free lunch based on their socioeconomic status. These things may prevent them from getting ahead early in life and may not provide them with the life experiences many of us see as "typical." From the minute they walk in the door of my classroom I focus on their potential and growth while they are with me. I may not be able to control their home lives, however, I can certainly control their experience during the school day. By doing this in a creative and positive way, I am hopeful to inspire even our earliest learners to continue on a path of academic excellence.
My students need 3 tablets in order to watch educational videos for math and reading when they are working in centers. This will help my students who are visual and audio learners. The first 5 tablets we got were SUCH a success that 3 more would be able to help my students even more! It would be such a help for my students who don't get internet access at home that they would be able to complete their AIR practice test for the upcoming state test they have in order to pass the fourth grade for the subjects of reading and math.
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