My students come to school every day ready and excited to learn. They start off each day looking forward to what fun project or challenge we will tackle for the day. For many of my students, our classroom is a place where they feel safe and I see our classroom as a place where they can make a difference in their lives.
I work at a Title I school located in downtown Fresno, where 100% of our students qualify for free lunch.
Many of these students often do not have some of the advantages of students in more affluent neighborhoods, and I try my best to instill in them the belief that their education is the key to making a better life for themselves. I try to create a positive learning environment where they are able to explore, learn from mistakes, and take charge in their learning instead of being a passive participant.
Having these books available in our classroom library will help to foster a love of reading. Most all of my student's do not have access to books outside of their school, so having the ability to read books that capture their interest will help them to develop a love of reading.
Research has shown that students who do not have access to books to read that pique their interest develop a dislike for reading.
Too often, students are required to read assigned stories or books that are of little interest to them. This often causes students to become "struggling" readers because it is hard for them to identify with the story and fails to hold their interest.
Think about the times when you were required to read something you had no interest in, but had to read any way. How motivated were you? How well did you remember what you read? Now think of what you read when it captures your interest. Don't you find yourself more engaged and motivated to read it? This is what I am trying to create for my students, a love of reading by giving them opportunities to read stories and books that pique their interest.
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