In our Early Exit program, our English dominant kiddos (determined by LAS placement) stay in the English only strands. Our predominantly Spanish speakers stay in the Early Exit strands. Our school is made up of 85% Hispanic students, 5% other and 10% Caucasian students. 95% of our kiddos qualify for free and reduced lunch.
I have received several technology grants bringing my classroom a little bit more up to date. I now have a projector, document camera, 30 classroom response systems (Turning Technologies), and 8 Dell Latitude tablets. I am currently applying for another cohort to be a part of the 21st century technology for our ESD 105.
When I started teaching none of my parents had a computer. Now, I have about 5 with laptops and the majority all have Smart phones. I created a FB account to communicate with my parents. This has been the best year of my career so far having this communication! We have built relationships and trust between us all. I highly recommend creating an account for your classroom. We aren't allowed to post pictures of the students, but we can post student work, messages, UTUBE videos that enhance instruction in the classroom, etc. This has helped in so many ways! My students have also been allowed to type messages back and forth to their families while at school or from home to me.
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