It's a privilege working alongside my second graders! These hard-working, driven individuals are passionate about making tremendous growth. They uphold themselves to high standards for their families and their community by excelling in academics and becoming strong leaders. Although the opportunity and achievement gaps are apparent among these students, they all strive towards reaching their learning goals... and they do by supporting each other.
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it's not" Dr. Seuss.
From struggling readers to gifted learners and those with special needs, they all have different learning styles and capabilities. With a listening center, the assistive technology can help bridge the gap and keep students engaged in meaningful literacy activities
Research shows there are many advantages to providing students access to audiobooks, including an increase in reading comprehension, motivation, and self-confidence.
A listening center will allow a number of my students, especially those with sensory integration challenges and learning delays, the opportunity to access stories in ways that haven't been accessible to them before. They'll be able to experience modeled fluency, expression, and emotion. Nothing illustrates this more vividly than the animation a professional narrator brings to an audio recording. They'll also be introduced to increased word exposure. Audiobooks help struggling readers move beyond decoding and right into learning. The more words they learn and incorporate into their knowledge-base, the better able they will be to access grade-level materials. Finally, they'll develop grade-level appropriate content knowledge. Giving students access to grade-level materials by providing an audiobook accommodation improves their self-esteem and increases their participation in class and peer discussions. They are now able to work alongside their peers and get hours of time back.
Just because a student can’t read the words in the same way as their peers, doesn’t mean they aren’t developmentally ready to learn the information.
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