"You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a good book." In my first grade classroom, I want my learners to find the magic in reading.
The majority of my students are second language learners from low socioeconomic homes.
Research shows that these students enter school at the age of 5 knowing 30 million words less than their counterparts.
I teach at a Title I school where over 97% of our students are economically disadvantaged. Our school takes innovative and progressive approaches to take our students to performance levels that compete with students at high socioeconomic schools. One of these measures is providing opportunities to read. My students also come from diverse backgrounds and each has emotional needs that I want to support while in my classroom.
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is a necessary process for helping children and adults develop fundamental skills for life effectiveness. SEL teaches the skills that we all need to handle ourselves, our relationships, and our work effectively and ethically.
SEL is a vital content area just as reading, writing, and math are in a classroom.
Through SEL practice, students are given strategies and skills to recognize their emotions, to show compassion for others, to have positive relationships, and more!
In my classroom, we not only are intentional in our SEL practices like mindfulness and meditation, but we also read books that represent characters using these skills as well. It is important for me to provide high quality children's literature to teach these vital SEL skills.
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