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Ms. Taubitz’s Classroom Edit display name

  • Avalon Park Elementary School
  • Chicago, IL
  • Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Unfortunately, in our classroom, reading is generally viewed as boring and embarrassing; the picture books in our classroom at the students' reading levels are too juvenile for middle school kids. I can't wait for my students to have access to books that will build their engagement, independence, success with reading. I can already hear the excitement in their voices, sharing about their connections to the experiences of the characters they read about. These books have the potential to transform the way my students view reading entirely and even the way they view themselves. Increased confidence in independent reading will not only build my students' belief in their abilities to grow as readers, but it will greatly improve their self-esteem. My students deserve the opportunity to have success with reading and to explore and learn through the pages of books. After our main lesson, students have the ability to choose a station to work at for the remainder of class. I can count on one hand the number of times students have chosen independent reading in our classroom library all year; I am eager to see that change with the addition of independent reading books with characters of appropriate ages and interesting experiences for my students to relate to.

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Unfortunately, in our classroom, reading is generally viewed as boring and embarrassing; the picture books in our classroom at the students' reading levels are too juvenile for middle school kids. I can't wait for my students to have access to books that will build their engagement, independence, success with reading. I can already hear the excitement in their voices, sharing about their connections to the experiences of the characters they read about. These books have the potential to transform the way my students view reading entirely and even the way they view themselves. Increased confidence in independent reading will not only build my students' belief in their abilities to grow as readers, but it will greatly improve their self-esteem. My students deserve the opportunity to have success with reading and to explore and learn through the pages of books. After our main lesson, students have the ability to choose a station to work at for the remainder of class. I can count on one hand the number of times students have chosen independent reading in our classroom library all year; I am eager to see that change with the addition of independent reading books with characters of appropriate ages and interesting experiences for my students to relate to.

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