My ninth grade English students are unique individuals that come from diverse backgrounds. As a low-income, high poverty urban school, my students arrive at our school from diverse backgrounds and circumstances. We have students who have come from approximately 30 different countries and speak at least 23 separate languages. They bring with them their own personalities, histories, and interests that help make our classroom community an energetic place. While my students face multitudes of hardships, their resiliency is inspiring and motivates me to work hard for them. Whether it is through more materials, unique learning experiences, or simple supports, my goal is to do whatever I can to support them.
What makes these students so amazing is their positive attitudes, motivation to improve, and the ability to use their differences as ways to teach each other.
Every year we work together towards group and individual goals to develop ourselves as better readers, writers, students, and humans. On paper, my job as their teacher is to provide them with the literary skills they need to be successful in our world, but I find that through our journey together it grows into so much more.
This year, on top of building our literacy skills, we are working on creating a strong community. It is more important now than ever for students to feel a sense of camaraderie and take ownership of where they spend their day. School for them is not just a place for learning, it is a place for growing. This is where the camera project comes into play!
The Fujifilm Instax Mini Cameras will be used for students to document their continuous learning and the memories they make along the way!
With these cameras, we have two major initiatives. One plan is to take snapshots of our students thriving in our school community and creating a space to celebrate all the ways they come together.
The second plan is to create new opportunities for students to interact with their reading and writing. These camera will be used for literacy activities. Students will be in charge of creating images that represent the stories and literary elements they are learning, practicing their summarizing skills, and making connections between their learning and the real world.
In order to make this happen, we are asking for various items to make this new endeavor successful. We need several cameras and storage equipment to ensure that these tools are accessible to multiple groups at once but also stay in good condition. The extra rolls of film and batteries will be needed to keep the initiative rolling all year long. The various frame accents will be needed for students to utilize while either decorating their space or to complement the vision they see in their academic task. Lastly, we need a blank scrapbook to store the snapshots after the school year has finished so the memories they make and the impact they leave behind in our community isn't lost.
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