Help me give my students a diverse selection of books to relate to!
My students are sweet and diverse. Unlike the other middle school in our district, our kids come mostly from poverty. As teachers here, we know that we must provide the majority of the supplies we require and use for our lessons. Many of my kids will eat their only meal of the day here (free lunch/ teacher-funded pantries).
I am a second-year teacher, and I want to change the stigma around our school.
I want my kids to see their value because it's incredible!
The English teachers in my school face two major obstacles when it comes to reading. The first is making it enjoyable for the kids and the second is giving them access to a diverse library of books. The books I had to offer on the first day of my first year (last year) did not represent my students of color, my sweet LGBTQ students, those with disabilities, and those facing difficulties with mental health. While I'm desperate to change that, buying books for my classroom is a luxury that must come after notebooks, pencils, paper, etc.
I believe that once they start seeing themselves in the characters they read about, everything else will fall into place.
Having someone to relate to is incredibly powerful and will have a lasting impact on kiddos for years to come.
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