My classroom serves as more than just a learning space for my students. It is a safe haven for those who combat a multitude of struggles both inside and outside of school. My biggest goal is to create a place where my students feel like they are a part of a greater community. Although they are students and the purpose of going to school is to learn, my classroom also focuses on how to become productive citizens. Therefore, my students are working towards incorporating this mindset in their everyday life. Every morning, my children recite our community creed: "I believe in myself and my ability to do my best. I am intelligent, I am capable of greatness. I CAN learn, I WILL learn, I MUST learn. I will do all these things with one purpose, to do my best. I am too smart to waste today."
In order for them to fulfill all these duties embedded in our creed, I need to be provided with resources, they need to be provided with resources. Although I have access to textbooks, desk, chairs, and three working computers, my classroom is truly lacking a sense of technology. As someone who grew up with no technology in their elementary education and yet, still went to college, it is fair to say that times have changed. Our class-wide goal is for student's to receive 80% mastery or above on all learning objectives, however as a first year teacher I am learning this is extremely difficult without a projector. I know that by creating more innovative and interactive practices, my children will be able to grasp and absorb the material much more than they are now. My students will be able to put images to real-world problems and I will be able to incorporate my classroom vision of becoming productive citizens much more effectively.