First-grade inclusion is an exciting group of mixed interests and abilities. My students are coming from a variety of backgrounds - "not just language barriers, but poverty, trauma, learning disabilities," etc. We are a Title 1 school in an urban district, with most students at the poverty level, and about "92% of students have experienced trauma".
We focus on building a strong community; we celebrate our shared cultural experiences.
Within our classroom community, these youth build the skills to be included. The work we do in our Harry Potter themed classroom lays the foundation for a lifetime of building relationships and accessing general education content in different ways.
All these items will see regular use in y classroom.
Magnetic manipulatives will be used to effectively in both our core math and our small groups.
Organizational caddies will allow for students have easy access to materials at each table (e.g. pencils, erasers, crayons, etc.) Many of the youth in my first grade inclusion class are visual learners; these materials will help students access abstract math topics with hands-on, concrete manipulatives. This is my second year teaching inclusion, so I realize now what items my students last year could have benefited from! Please consider donating to support our growth and learning this school year.
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