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Mrs. Harville’s Classroom Edit display name

  • Derby Ridge Elementary School
  • Columbia, MO
  • Nearly all students from low‑income households

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I work in a lower-income school in the Midwest. My school works hard to provide the best education for our students. In my classroom, about half of my students are not reading at grade-level. They vocalized that they didn't like reading and it was too hard. I quickly realized many of my books were too challenging, and so I decided to buy as many books as I could that would be a better fit. Immediately I noticed a difference. One of my most hesitant readers had fallen in love with the series "From the Black Lagoon." He read all three copies I had bought and began asking for more. Many of my students also discovered graphic novels and began creating waiting lists for these new titles. Even though my students don't have a lot of access to literature at home, they should be provided with books at school that incite a love for reading. The new titles I purchased made a positive difference in my students' lives as readers. They felt more valued that our books are what they wanted to read.

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I work in a lower-income school in the Midwest. My school works hard to provide the best education for our students. In my classroom, about half of my students are not reading at grade-level. They vocalized that they didn't like reading and it was too hard. I quickly realized many of my books were too challenging, and so I decided to buy as many books as I could that would be a better fit. Immediately I noticed a difference. One of my most hesitant readers had fallen in love with the series "From the Black Lagoon." He read all three copies I had bought and began asking for more. Many of my students also discovered graphic novels and began creating waiting lists for these new titles. Even though my students don't have a lot of access to literature at home, they should be provided with books at school that incite a love for reading. The new titles I purchased made a positive difference in my students' lives as readers. They felt more valued that our books are what they wanted to read.

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