I will be teaching several groups of English Language Learners this year. They come from various backgrounds, including academic abilities, cultures, home languages, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Something that they have in common, however, are that they are eager to learn and are curious about the world.
Many of my students aren't able to "see" themselves in the classroom.
The textbooks, reading books, and wall decorations may not represent their skin color or their culture. I want them to feel welcomed and comfortable in class.
My students are amazing. They have so much going on in their lives, but strive to do their best. Many classrooms don't have positive representations of different cultures. Students aren't able to feel connected or a sense of belonging.
I believe that this collection of novels will help students to feel connected.
I have chosen different cultures, different reading levels, and different styles of texts. My hope is that the more my students can see themselves, and read about others like them, the more they will feel a sense of connection within our school. It is so important for them to feel that they belong.
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