My students need to find the "right book" to spark their interest in reading. Some of the books that can help are by authors like Roald Dahl, Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary.
My fourth graders come from a background that is honestly too much stress for any 9 year old to handle each day. Their neighborhoods, roofs over their heads, and even the meals on their tables are uncertain. They face challenges everyday, but reading shouldn't be one of them.
Let me start off by saying that these children are the happiest and the most loving kids, especially for what they deal with on a day to day basis.
I teach 20 students, 8 girls and 12 boys. I teach in a low socioeconomic city where students come to school without book bags or even a pencil. Majority of my students live below poverty and receive free or reduced breakfast and lunch. My students are very driven and want to make the very best of their life through education. They believe in themselves and they are constantly working with a smile on their face to reach their goals.
Many students have expressed to me that they "just don't like to read". It isn't that they don't like to read, it is the fact that they just haven't found that author to spark their interest in reading. I want my students to get excited about reading each day and fight over computers to take Accelerated Reader tests each day. I want my students to jump up and down when they get to go to Library, because they cannot wait for the next adventure they will take when opening a new book. New books for my classroom library could change how my students feel about reading and how successful they are in the subject!! My students have big dreams, but they need materials to achieve success!
My students have high goals, and I know that they each have a bright future ahead of them.
But in order to help them reach their goals, I want to supply them with all of the materials they need to be successful. Nothing would bring me more joy than to see students get excited over independent reading time and to see them giggle under their breath or trying to hide a smile when finding their new favorite author.
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