Most teachers get into teaching with the desire to change the world. My classroom is full of high schoolers who are aspiring to be teachers after they graduate. They are passionate about making the world we live in a better place...starting with their classrooms. These high schoolers participate in a unique experience where spend a portion of the year with me learning about what makes a great teacher. Then they spend the majority of their year out in local classrooms getting to work with students.
Perhaps one of my greatest tasks as an educator is to help each student to feel connected and valued in our classroom and world.
The ultimate goal I have for my high school students is that they would then go create an environment in their own classrooms where their students feel connected and valued as well. One way we create this culture of acceptance is through read aloud and discussions. I'm hoping to add some great diverse books to our classroom library where students can see themselves reflected in the pages of a book or see into the world of someone who is different than them.
These books will be used in two ways. First, as I'm working to create a community where all students are welcome for who they are and where they can see themselves reflected in the curriculum, we will share some of these titles together. Then, my hope is that as my high schoolers will take these books out into their classroom placements where they can help THEIR students to see themselves in the books they share.
These books represent a variety of cultures, abilities, genders, gender identities, languages, and social-emotional issues.
By having this variety of representation in my classroom library for students to take out into their classrooms they can match books to different needs their students might have over the school year. These books could reach hundreds of students over the course of the school year!
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