Urban Community School is a K-8 school that provides primarily low-income children from Cleveland with an individualized, innovative, and challenging education. The school prides itself on welcoming a diverse student body, with a focus on serving low-income children. Urban Community School serves nearly 500 students with 78% living at or below the federal poverty level.
During the summer of 2015 we visited the Urban Community School to meet with the grades 4 and 5 faculty to train them on how to implement Organized Binder in their classrooms. A few weeks later teacher Megan McIntyre sent an update on how things are progressing in her 4th grade and 5th grade math and social studies classes. The feedback below is an excerpt from her email to us.
I just wanted to give you an update. We are on week 3 of using the binders and my students and I LOVE them! The first day was an almost disaster. Some of my students were more interested in playing with the binder and clicking the rings open and closed than following along to set it up. It took the entire hour of class the first day but day 2 was 200% better. This is what I have observed thus far…
Lastly, one day last week I had forgotten to put up the daily kick off and when my class came in it was a complete mess. Students were running to tell me at the door that there was no prompt and it was loud and kids were not settling at all. This really made me think about how peaceful transitions have been since starting Organized Binder.
I will continue to keep you posted,