Transitional Kindergarten And Kindergarten Photojournalists
My students need a new digital camera.
Be our heroes!! Someone took a digital camera from our classroom during an emergency construction project that took place during Thanksgiving break. We need the camera to continue participating in interactive photo activities.
My kindergarten students live in a low income urban city.
They attend a primary center that consists of only 6 kindergarten classroom. 90% of them are English Language Learners and only 40% of them demonstrate proficiency in their home languages. 100% qualify for free/reduced priced lunches. At the outset of the school year, many of my students possess inadequate fine motor, social, behavioral, and academic skills. Many of them have never participated in an organized group or classroom setting. They are separated from their parents and families for the first time. Every year, these students work diligently to become independent, think critically, meet and exceed academic standards, and to have a blast in class. My students become passionate learners, asking and answering questions and challenging one another. They also learn to be compassionate- caring for their peers, families, and campus. They love being at school.
I have kept a personal digital camera in my classroom so that my students and I can take pictures that enhance comprehension of themes that are presented in our language arts program. For instance, when we were learning about families, students took the camera home and took a few pictures of what their families like to do. The photographs they took were printed or presented in iMovie projects. These photo projects helped students to become more confident and better writers and speakers. Unfortunately, the camera was taken by someone during a construction project. My students and I were unable to engage in photojournalist projects this past school year. I am hoping that our camera can be replaced with a new one through DonorsChoose.
Photography and technology really do help Kindergarten students become more confident and more wiling to work hard to master grade level academic standards.
Students are excited to engage in projects and district prescribed curriculum because they know they have opportunities to tell their stories via photography, hand written books, and slide show presentations.
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