A Listening Center Creates Good Book Talks and Better Reading
The cost of a listening center--consisting of a cassette player/recorder and eight sets of headphones-- from Lakeshore Learning is $553, including shipping and <a target="new" href="http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm" onclick="g_openWindow('http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.
This project expired on June 29, 2005.
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I currently teach an inclusion second-grade class in a school in East New York, Brooklyn. I am the general education teacher, and my school is in a low-income area.
I read to my students every day to teach them what good readers look like and sound like. When I read to the students, I try to be enthusiastic and use various voices so that the children are more engaged in the book. Unfortunately, many of my students have no one at home who reads to them or who will listen to them read to reinforce the lessons they get in school. Often their parents are working and get home late.
To help expose my students to even more reading, I believe that having a listening center where several students can listen to a book in a group would be extremely beneficial. The listening center I would like for my students has a tape recorder with up to four-headset capacity. When the students listen to a book as a group, they can discuss it with each other--they can have good "book talk." Allowing the students to share a reading experience will get them more involved in their reading. Also, the students can tape themselves reading. By emulating the good reading they hear, they too will hopefully become better readers.
This center will be beneficial for the whole class. Students will take turns utilizing it during group time. I believe that when students are exposed to a variety of texts and are read to in a variety of styles, they become more engaged readers, and ultimately improve their reading.
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