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  • Chicago Vocational Career Academy
  • Chicago, IL
  • Nearly all students from low‑income households

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As a special education teacher new to the high school environment, I would like to develop my classroom library that allows my students access to seeking information about things they are interested in through fiction and nonfiction books. I seek to provide them with new areas or topics never considered before as reading material. Bringing the world into the classroom is a wonderful way to bridge learning between interests and motivation. Students seek and find what they want in the world. Making that “something” attainable can happen when found and read in books. A student gazes across the room wondering how that door swings so free and closes without needing help, stumbles on an author who writes about a high school student working in a woodworking shop after school to help the family. The student dreams about building a house that allows her physically differently abled little brother freedom to move around the house without relying on others to lead him from room to room. This student reads the story and sees herself in an unlikely parallel with the character, and motivated, joins shop at our vocational school's carpentry program. Using the chosen books in small groups of potentially four students, allows skills to be integrated and students to form alliances in journey's with characters and their peers. The integration of paper and pen secures ideas into visuals and reflective summaries as students build graphics of their own to compliment the ideas, images and concepts found in the readings. Opportunity, growth and ownership of ones desires and hopes is the first step in reaching a goal. Sharing it with others is a natural.

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As a special education teacher new to the high school environment, I would like to develop my classroom library that allows my students access to seeking information about things they are interested in through fiction and nonfiction books. I seek to provide them with new areas or topics never considered before as reading material. Bringing the world into the classroom is a wonderful way to bridge learning between interests and motivation. Students seek and find what they want in the world. Making that “something” attainable can happen when found and read in books. A student gazes across the room wondering how that door swings so free and closes without needing help, stumbles on an author who writes about a high school student working in a woodworking shop after school to help the family. The student dreams about building a house that allows her physically differently abled little brother freedom to move around the house without relying on others to lead him from room to room. This student reads the story and sees herself in an unlikely parallel with the character, and motivated, joins shop at our vocational school's carpentry program. Using the chosen books in small groups of potentially four students, allows skills to be integrated and students to form alliances in journey's with characters and their peers. The integration of paper and pen secures ideas into visuals and reflective summaries as students build graphics of their own to compliment the ideas, images and concepts found in the readings. Opportunity, growth and ownership of ones desires and hopes is the first step in reaching a goal. Sharing it with others is a natural.

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