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  • Connecticut
  • More than half of students from low‑income households

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"Miss, what does this mean?" I hear these words everyday in my 7th and 8th grade English classroom. I teach Reading and Writing to middle school students in a high-need community. My students struggle with some of the most elementary skills like using a dictionary and thesaurus. In fact, many of them do not even know what a Thesaurus is! It would be wonderful to tell them to "look it up!" when they ask me what a word means instead of telling them its meaning. This way they can gain reference skills and be self-reliable. Being self -reliable in education and life is what I am trying to teach my students everyday. Although a set of classroom dictionaries seems an odd way to teach self-reliability, it is an easy step to wing the students off of me, as their teacher, and teach them how to help themselves and be more independent. Plus, have you ever heard of an English classroom without the English dictionary??

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"Miss, what does this mean?" I hear these words everyday in my 7th and 8th grade English classroom. I teach Reading and Writing to middle school students in a high-need community. My students struggle with some of the most elementary skills like using a dictionary and thesaurus. In fact, many of them do not even know what a Thesaurus is! It would be wonderful to tell them to "look it up!" when they ask me what a word means instead of telling them its meaning. This way they can gain reference skills and be self-reliable. Being self -reliable in education and life is what I am trying to teach my students everyday. Although a set of classroom dictionaries seems an odd way to teach self-reliability, it is an easy step to wing the students off of me, as their teacher, and teach them how to help themselves and be more independent. Plus, have you ever heard of an English classroom without the English dictionary??

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