Ms. Gressman - Tarrant Intermediate School - 3rd Grade teacher
We Can With iPads!
My students are sitting in the same school that I was in when I was their age. We are from a small, urban community in Alabama. My school has amazing students, loving teachers, and dedicated administrators, but is greatly affected by the deprivation that has struck our community. 100% of our students qualify for free lunch and many of them face hardships at home due to their economic status.
My students are the reason that I wanted to become an educator and return to my hometown to assist them in thriving and realizing their capabilities no matter their obstacles.
They are capable of achieving their highest goals, overcoming their obstacles, growing into leaders, and improving our community. My students are deserving. They deserve to have the chance to earn valuable opportunities, to be supported, and to be challenged.
In today's society, being "tech savvy" is invaluable. Our society relies on technology for various tasks. It is important that students begin learning these skills and become comfortable with using technology at an early age in order to be successful. By adding these devices to our classroom, we can use them to differentiate student assignments, complete engaging activities, and develop those beneficial technology skills while mastering content standards. Our school works very hard to provide students with technology to use, however we are not a one-to-one school yet. In the future and during yearly standardized testing, my students will compete with other students that do attend one-to-one schools and currently have more access to technology. This potentially puts my hard-working, capable kids at a disadvantage.
Our students are just as deserving of these resources and are capable of making major gains..
My goal is to close this gap and level their playing field by working to provide our students with exposure to as much technology as possible. Please join me in making this a reality for them.
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Ms. Edmonds - Tarrant Intermediate School ARI Reading Specialist
My students are very special students! We are a Title l school located Northeast of Birmingham, Alabama. I serve 3rd grade students as their classroom teacher. We are striving to become excellent readers and writers, so as my students' teacher, I am trying to find materials that will help my students achieve this goal.
Meaningful learning is vital to student success in every way and I want to be able to provide experiences that make learning attainable for all of my students.
I try to choose activities that are interesting and relevant to students, as well being able to make personal connections for now and in the future. Many of my students have lived through many obstacles that could set them back, so I try to help empower them and have them realize how strong, intelligent, courageous, and brave they are! Learning is a ticket to growth that I can share and empower my students with and I intend to help them grow in every way possible!
Having a kidney table for small group will greatly enhance the opportunity to pull groups of students in a small group. Having this table will help allow me the space and setting to pull students and work with them on an as need basis on skills they need extra practice on or extension activities for students who are excelling. This table will be in use daily and will greatly help meet the needs of all learners that I work with. Being able to pull small groups easily can make a vast difference for all learners in the classroom and can be vital to their success!
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