I teach 7th grade science in an urban school in Rhode Island. The achievement gap is prevalent in my school and classroom with 69% of students proficient or proficient with distinction in reading while 62% of students are partially or substantially below proficient in math. I not only teach science in my classroom, but literacy and math process skills and see the demands of a viable curriculum. The students I teach are divided into four classes which rotate among the other subject areas (Math, English, Social Studies). My students are broken into two demographics: Regular Education students and English Second Language learners. All of my students have very individual social, behavioral, and academic needs.
Although there are some large challenges teaching in an inner city school, my students have a thirst for learning. With high expectations and the ability to show learning though inquiry, my students flourish and have the opportunity to grow. The lack of funding and parental support is one of the challenges that I am faced with. It is my hope, through this website, to fund raise for specific items.
Examples: Pay for bussing ($300) to a the ocean to test water quality, observe micro-oganisms in the water, study plant life existing around the ocean
Pay for bussing to the Boston Museum of Science
Purchase squids for my students to dissect - to help investigate body systems and macro-organisms
Purchase materials to make ice cream - when studying phase changes and molecular movement
Help pay for high lighters to use when preparing for the state test (NECAP) and to teach study skills
Through Adopt-a-Classroom I would be able to adjust instruction, provide enrichment opportunities and fill-in gaps within my current district curriculum.