My students come from a variety of cultural, economic, and social backgrounds. My school is classified as an urban middle school.
Over 80% of the students in my school are on free or reduced lunch, and about one in four students receive English Language Learning services.
The diversity of the students brings many perspectives and angles to the classroom. However, the economic disadvantages can be limiting and hinder students who do not have resources outside of the classroom. These students can benefit and advance from the opportunity to use a variety of educational resources and learning modalities. Yet, the finances do not allow for that to be available in many cases.
Many of my students are coming into sixth grade reading well below grade level. This causes students to be disengaged and not passionate about reading. A lot of students also have a hard time choosing just right books.
We are asking for colored bins to organize our growing classroom library. Books are organized by genre, book level, book series, popular authors, etc. It can be difficult to find a book in a short amount of time just off of the shelf. With these book bins, the books will be organized in the bins with labels so students can easily see what type of book they are looking for.
This will also make the classroom library more easily accessible to all students and cut down the time students spend on searching for a "just right" book.
With all of these materials, my students will be more engaged and excited to individually work on their own.
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