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Mrs. Candelaresi’s Classroom Edit display name

  • Lochbuie Elementary School
  • Lochbuie, CO
  • More than a third of students from low‑income households

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For years I have read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in small group novel studies. We bring the text to life through passionate discussion and fun activities. My Harry Potter reading groups create a class culture where reading is cool. Word has spread. Over the past 6 years I have become known as the Harry Potter teacher. Our younger students at the school hug me in the hall and tell me they want to be in my class to read Harry Potter. This year my class walked in the door on the first day with the buzz and excitement of reading Harry Potter. I explained to them different groups will read different texts, and not everyone will get to read Harry Potter. They panicked, all needing assurance they would be part of the chosen few. Why make cuts when everyone wants to be on team reading? I've taught this book 9 times in small groups, and this is the year I want to bring the magic to the whole class. We are going to read the book and do activities as a whole class. Through the text we will build community, and a love of literature. I will recreate parts of the book for them to live out themselves, and use the text to teach growth mindset and develop the whole child. Then, literacy skills will be done in differentiated small groups so everyone can access the text. I want this year to be magical.

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For years I have read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in small group novel studies. We bring the text to life through passionate discussion and fun activities. My Harry Potter reading groups create a class culture where reading is cool. Word has spread. Over the past 6 years I have become known as the Harry Potter teacher. Our younger students at the school hug me in the hall and tell me they want to be in my class to read Harry Potter. This year my class walked in the door on the first day with the buzz and excitement of reading Harry Potter. I explained to them different groups will read different texts, and not everyone will get to read Harry Potter. They panicked, all needing assurance they would be part of the chosen few. Why make cuts when everyone wants to be on team reading? I've taught this book 9 times in small groups, and this is the year I want to bring the magic to the whole class. We are going to read the book and do activities as a whole class. Through the text we will build community, and a love of literature. I will recreate parts of the book for them to live out themselves, and use the text to teach growth mindset and develop the whole child. Then, literacy skills will be done in differentiated small groups so everyone can access the text. I want this year to be magical.

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