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Mrs. Dennis


Bessemer Elementary


“They tried to bury us, they didn’t know we were seeds. If you were to look up the definition of resilient you would for sure see a picture of the students that attend my school and in fine print you will find my class. My third grade leaders are motivated, and driven, and come are created from diverse backgrounds.
My students come from low socioeconomic status homes as well as more than half are apart of free or reduced lunch program. Although the students are up against many obstacles they some how managed to remain engaged in lessons as well make growth each year. The school is low performing overall, however the students are making gains each year. The school make up is 75% African American and Hispanic population 13% Vietnamese and South Pacific 12% white.
Based on TRC and DIEBELS measurements 80% percent of my third grade class started the school year reading far below grade level; most read on first grade reading level. By the end of the year 98% of the class made growth; reading above grade level!! Imagine how proud my class and I were, although their reading growth was exceptional their scores on the State End of Grade Test did not share the same correlation; 36% of the class met proficiency. No matter what I am extremely proud and I am certain my future leaders have nothing less than excellence ahead of them!

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Classroom Supplies

Paper, scissors, tape, rulers, erasers, pencils -- classroom supplies are the fuel for learning in every classroom. Please help us get these essentials. You’ve Got Mail! Technology has come so far since this catchy phrase hit America. Technolgy has sweeped the nation; however many schools are still behind the learning curve. In class like mine; sizes ranging from 18-21; holding students accountable as well as managing small groups while keeping students engaged can be challenging. Having Ipad Minis within the classroom can allow students to build 21st century learning skills in all subjects. In the area of reading students can build reading fluency by using the timer and graph app tracking their own progress on how many words they read smoothly in allotted times. Students can build stamina and practice reading with expression by recording themselves, allowing teachers to provide immediate feedback to help students improve. Showbie, Pebblego, Khanacademy, and BrainPop, are a few of several websites that students can use QR codes to explore all types of reading skills. Discoveryeducation allows the teacher to assign lessons and videos and respond to students individually about their progress and growth. In math, students can use websites like Tenmarks, Sumdog, and Learnzillion just to name a few. Each of these websites allow me daily access to expose my students to videos and assign different skills based on individual needs. Overall my goal is to expose my students to common core standards in an engaging fashion as well as build proficiency skills while still keeping rigor in the classroom.

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21st technology for a 21st century education. You’ve Got Mail! Technology has come so far since this catchy phrase hit America. Technolgy has sweeped the nation; however many schools are still behind the learning curve. In class like mine; sizes ranging from 18-21; holding students accountable as well as managing small groups while keeping students engaged can be challenging. Having Ipad Minis within the classroom can allow students to build 21st century learning skills in all subjects. In the area of reading students can build reading fluency by using the timer and graph app tracking their own progress on how many words they read smoothly in allotted times. Students can build stamina and practice reading with expression by recording themselves, allowing teachers to provide immediate feedback to help students improve. Showbie, Pebblego, Khanacademy, and BrainPop, are a few of several websites that students can use QR codes to explore all types of reading skills. Discoveryeducation allows the teacher to assign lessons and videos and respond to students individually about their progress and growth. In math, students can use websites like Tenmarks, Sumdog, and Learnzillion just to name a few. Each of these websites allow me daily access to expose my students to videos and assign different skills based on individual needs. Overall my goal is to expose my students to common core standards in an engaging fashion as well as build proficiency skills while still keeping rigor in the classroom.


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