More than a third of students from low‑income households
$0 still needed
My students need lap boards for design and art work in a classroom that is void of desks. We are also a mobile classroom that explore how nature can impact the way they see their surroundings.
Diversity. That is what describes the culture of DHS and the culture of my classroom. My students come from a variety of backgrounds, unlike other Houston area schools. Some of them are very wealthy and are willing to support other students that are on the complete opposite end of the socio-economic spectrum. Some students come from strong, supportive families, and some rely on my to help guide them as a father figure. Regardless of their background, I know that my advanced students look forward to entering my room everyday because of the energy that I feel when they arrive.
This is the first year we have been able to truly expand the technical theatre climate of our theatre department and begin to create designers and advanced technicians.
As a teacher, I am always looking for ways to improve the education of my room, as is the case with every teacher. However, my room is not the standard, stereotypical room. It is a theatre. It is a large, open space, void of desks, textbooks, and computers. I simply need tools to create a learner that can begin to think outside of the box.
Currently, students must use whatever hard surface they can find in order to work on design projects in the classroom. Many times this is the floor. Without boring the viewer, for many reasons, the floor is not the best place to learn for a high school student.
If I expect my students to become better at their craft, they must start small in order to draw big!
Simply giving them a hard surface will allow them to become more mobile and explorative around the parameters that I establish in and around the school. It will open up a new world for them by just simply giving them something to write on.
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