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  • West Middle School
  • Kansas City, KS
  • More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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The way I see it, as an ESL Reading teacher to struggling middle school readers, there are two defining questions in the classroom. The first one feels like, well, the way a balloon must feel as it loses its air. In the middle of reading, a student shoots up their hand. With enthusiasm for their involvement in the story, I call on the student. Then, they ask the dreaded, deflating, guaranteed to discourage the most encouraged teacher question: "What time does this class get out?". Ouch! The next defining question is the question all teachers love. It is the blue ribbon and banana split of questions. As you finish the last sentence of the book, the students sigh and one kid blurts out(even though we've gone over the rules of blurting out), "Can we just keep reading?". That is the type of classroom reading environment I want to set up for my kids.

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The way I see it, as an ESL Reading teacher to struggling middle school readers, there are two defining questions in the classroom. The first one feels like, well, the way a balloon must feel as it loses its air. In the middle of reading, a student shoots up their hand. With enthusiasm for their involvement in the story, I call on the student. Then, they ask the dreaded, deflating, guaranteed to discourage the most encouraged teacher question: "What time does this class get out?". Ouch! The next defining question is the question all teachers love. It is the blue ribbon and banana split of questions. As you finish the last sentence of the book, the students sigh and one kid blurts out(even though we've gone over the rules of blurting out), "Can we just keep reading?". That is the type of classroom reading environment I want to set up for my kids.

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