I feel so fortunate to have the privilege of being a 2nd grade Dual Language Immersion teacher at an incredible elementary school in California. Our school offers a unique Dual Language Immersion program whose goals include helping to foster children’s development of fluency in communication and literacy in two languages, English and Spanish, acquisition of knowledge in all academic subjects, and understanding and appreciation of other cultures, while at the same time inspiring self-esteem and critical thinking. I am thrilled to be part of the Dual Language Immersion program and believe strongly in its goals. My students are amazing! They are learning to read, write, speak and listen in both Spanish and English, as well as reaching for mastery of all academic content standards.
Our school is in Program Improvement for the seventh year in a row, we are a Title I school, and we have many socioeconomically disadvantaged students as well as a high percentage of second language learners.
My 2nd-grade students are at the critical age. They are learning strong fundamental academic skills. What they learn this year will affect the rest of their educational experience, and so failure is not an option.
My students really love reading! In fact, they love reading alone, reading with a buddy, reading with their teacher, and, they especially love being read to. As their teacher, it is my responsibility to help every one of my students meet or exceed the grade level standards in all subject areas. Reading is surely the most important subject to master because the mastery of all other subjects requires reading proficiency. Reading is also undoubtedly a skill that will help my students be successful in life in general, and better understand their world. Currently, most of my students know how to read well, but their greatest challenge is deeply and thoughtfully comprehending what they read. I have also noticed that while my students appear to enjoy reading while at school, many do not choose to read for fun at home. In fact, according to numerous national studies, it is a well known fact that even when children (and adults for that matter) know how to read, they often do not choose to read for pleasure. I would love to offer my students access to these exciting, engaging, and child-centered new Take Home Book Bags, complete with exciting books for young children, whose aim is to inspire and empower children as readers.
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