My students are enthusiastic but often lack the motivation to work on their classwork. They also need support with English speaking and listening. Most are English learners and are struggling in their English Language Arts class.
My students come from a diverse school in a large city.
Part of the school is a magnet with students from all over the city. My students, however, are comprised mainly of residential students from the local low-income neighborhood. Most are English learners, as well.
The freshman classes have a weekly brain-based learning lesson. We explore how brains and thinking and learning happen in the brain. These stuffed brain cells will provide a tactile element to these lessons.
Students like to hold and play with things while learning; let's give them brain cells!
The stuffed brain cells will be used for demonstrations on learning and as a "talking stick." We pass it around and only the holder may speak. This teaches cooperation and listening skills.
The students also need a way to organize their classwork. These trays will provide means for organizing their class work and notes.
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