Academic excellence and character building are the essence of the foundation upon which I build my class. My students have, grievously, been dealt a harsh hand of cards by life with which they must try their best to win against the odds. They have not been endowed with the advantages that only a rare few of whom among humanity are blessed to experience from birth. I, as one of the limited opportunities that they get to experience of stability and propriety, wish to fill in the gaps of the past while equipping them with tools they will need to succeed not only in the present but also for the rest of their lives so that they too may be able to be inspired and have the courage to dream without bounds and without self-doubt. It is my goal, as an educator, to cultivate them into productive citizens and members of their local, national, and global community. This is a time that is crucial and significant for every area of their development. They cannot afford to be short changed! Every second counts and makes a life-changing world of difference in the outcome of their and our world's future as a whole.
I want our classroom library to be my students' boundless universe of exploration of the past, present, future, make-believe, and unseen worlds. I want them to be able to converse with the great minds of history and our time and travel to the ends of the earth and space. NOTHING standing in their way. I wish to inspire a passion for reading and boundlessness in my students because reading gives one infinite possibilities, expanding one's physically limited world. Academically, it improves one's vocabulary, grammar, writing, background knowledge, and overall consciousness of society. I want to make sure that, at least in the classroom, they have EVERY opportunity to develop their literacy skills until they become strong readers who can engage with the text. I desire to expose them to different genres--whether it be poetry, plays, fiction, non-fiction, etc.-- in a vast number of themes, topics, authors, and styles. In this way, they will be able to determine for themselves what kind of literature they prefer and why. They will also gain exposure to different plots, settings, character developments, vocabulary, sentence structure, and much more, which will assist them in their future academic studies. However, as all things do, they need a starting point. This is my first step in creating a cozy and inviting classroom library for active readers. These books set the foundation for my students being exposed to literature on a daily basis and being encouraged to develop themselves into the kind of readers they wish to be.
As the saying goes, " A child who reads will be an adult who thinks!"
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