My students are amazing! They love to learn and are willing to put forth every effort to become better. Two of my classes include students will a variety of learning disabilities. These students work hard each day! They realize there are gaps in their learning, so they are willing to ask questions and get help.
One student will approach me each day and repeat all of the directions to make sure he is on track.
He wants to make sure that he is doing his best while still following the directions in an exact manner.
Although my students love to learn, there is significant gaps in their learning. Once of those gaps is in reading. When we are reading a text, the students love to listen to me read. They love the inflection and personality which brings the story to life. They dislike reading on their own because it is hard for them to understand. In fact, we just finished a novel, and, each day, the students were sadly disappointed when the bell rang. They wanted to know what would happen next and were eager to know and learn more.
The students in my classroom are struggling readers. Many of them are still reading at an elementary level which is where they were when the pandemic hit our area. The students lost reading instruction, and, as a result, their ability to read and engage with a text has been negatively impacted.
Book clubs held in my classroom help enhance the students' ability to read and their enjoyment of reading.
The students get to select a book from a variety of titles so that they can choose a book that appeals to them.
Each book allows students to identify with the characters or content. When the students can connect to the book, they are more engaged in the reading and better able to apply the lessons to their own lives. I have watched my students choose books for their book projects, and they are interested in books just like the two titles I am requesting.
The requested books are about bullying, low-income families, drought, and survival. Each student can find a way to connect to these books and better change their sphere of influence. With books they can connect with, students will be more interested and engaged in their reading.
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