My students come to school with a strong desire to learn and to be the best that they can be. Our school is a high poverty school in an urban district in Rhode Island. Many of our students receive free or reduced lunch. Our school has an increasing population of students who receive English as a Second Language service. All of my students are multilingual learners. My students have proficiency levels that range from students who are new to the United States to students who are ready to exit the English as a Second Language program.
Some of the most rewarding moments of my day are when a student (new to our country) is finally able to ask for a pencil, to say good morning to me, or to hold a short conversation with another student or group of students.
In order for this to happen, we need to have experiences that can give them the opportunity to be successful multilingual learners.
Students should read books that reflect themselves and the people that they know. These books would enhance the diverse library that I strive to create. All of these books have been chosen with my students in mind. Students will be able to choose books, which will help them continue to enjoy reading both independently and with their families.
With these new books, my students will be able to choose from a variety of books that will allow them to read about people with whom they share similar experiences.
In order for my students to grow as readers, they need to increase their reading stamina. The best way to do this is for my students to have a large and diverse classroom library. My students have enough "window" books. They need to have "mirror" books.
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