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I want to help build a sense of community and family within my classroom during this time of uncertainty where students feel together and have a connection with each other, whether they are in my classroom or virtually at their homes through projects and online research.

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Go Bolts - Building Community Within My Classroom

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School:
Clearwater Fundamental Middle School 
Subject:
Other 
Teacher:
Brittany Fuller 
Students Impacted:
150 
Grade:
Date:
September 22, 2020

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Only $1,400.00 Needed

 

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Goal

I want to help build a sense of community and family within my classroom during this time of uncertainty where students feel together and have a connection with each other, whether they are in my classroom or virtually at their homes through projects and online research. 

 

What will be done with my students

I want to ensure that my online learners and my in-class learners are receiving the same education and to make sure learning is occurring successfully for all students, I need to make sure that my students at home and hear me and see what is occurring within my classroom. I want to prepare my students for college readiness and future success. I will work with my students to explore the importance of building career knowledge through study skills, art projects to build community within my classroom, and financial stability through researching career and college pathways. To ensure success in building culture and community, I want to do team building activities through different art projects and collaborative activities. To ensure all students can hear me, a voice amplifier that I wear connected to a Bluetooth speaker, will help support all students to ensure they are hearing the directions and are able to talk with students who are virtual. I would like to be able to scan documents quickly to my online learners however currently this has to be done before or after school which causes problems and confusion. I want my students to be able to express themselves through different posters and projects where they are learning their personal traits and characteristics while also showing the class their artist and cultural backgrounds. Having a Fujifilm Instax Mini Camera in the classroom will allow students to take pictures of themselves and their work to share with students online and with each other. I would love to have a section in my classroom with different art supplies and classroom supplies: construction paper, stencils, stickers, yarn, glue, pens and markers, etc; which would allow students to be as creative as they needed to have their project reflect themselves.

Students will also be encouraged to think of ways to increase their college understanding as well as starting their college or career path. Each week my class will focus on a building career knowledge goal based upon our current topics. I would like for my students to be research and designing computer ideas that express themselves. Having headphone as well as charging stations around the classroom will allow for students to work uninterrupted to ensure success. Additionally, students will engage in weekly activities centered around exploring college and career opportunities along with financial understanding that will be displayed around the classroom. These will be done weekly for the entire school year. 

 

Benefits to my students

I know many families have expressed how they want to ensure their child stays engaged within the class while remaining socially distance. I would love to provide a space where each child in my classroom and virtually, feels they have a piece of themselves within my classroom, whether that is through artwork hanging on the walls or projects with classmates displayed in the halls. Allowing the projects or artwork to stay up for the entire class for all groups to see encourages more in-depth questions to be asked and more relationships to be built within my classroom.

I want to make sure that students have what they need to be successful and I feel that being able to hear and see what the teacher and other students are doing would be a huge benefit for all learners. Showing student work on the camera is not the same as seeing it scanned to a student. If a student is absent or misses a section of class, scanning notes is much clearer in resolution than a picture e-mailed to a family. When my students and teacher can talk through their ideas and concerns using a voice amplifier, the more they can process their thoughts. Having computer charging stations throughout my classroom will allow students to continue with their research without having to interrupt their research or design. 

 

Describe the Students

My students typically include students who would be the first in their family to attend college and are a member of a group underrepresented in college. My students have the desire to graduate high school however do not yet have the skills needed to make this happen. They are also determined to attend college, have a good attendance record and have the willingness to undertake demanding preparation for college or a career of their choice.  

 

Budget Narrative

The technology will be used when students are researching and building relationships with students who are in the classroom as well as those students who are virtual. Our classroom computers do not hold a charge for very long and having charging stations will allow for students to continue with their work without having to stop and change computers. Wearing a voice amplifier will ensure my students at home can hear me while I am walking around the classroom as well as the scanner which will allow me to send work or display work much faster. The Bluetooth speaker will allow my voice to carry throughout the classroom without me having to raise my voice and then eventually loose my voice. Having the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Camera will allow students to feel close together however still following our social distancing guidelines. If I can have a stand which will hold my recording device, I can safely move the recording device around the room and still have my online learners with me and able to hear and see the discussions within the classroom.

The art supplies and classroom supplies will be used to build relationships between students in class and at home. Allowing students to express themselves helps them build a sense of community within my classroom. With having so many restrictions within my classroom regarding social distancing, projects and team building activities allows students feel a sense of belonging and are a great way to encourage students to continue with their learning and to gain a sense of purpose. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Teacher Voice Amplifier $60.00
2 Computer Charging Stations $150.00
3 Compact Mobile Document Scanner with case $170.00
4 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with case $150.00
5 Technology Stand $50.00
6 Classroom and Art Supplies $570.00
7 Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Camera along with accessories $250.00
  Total: $1,400.00

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