My students are primarily from refugee families who were forced to leave their country out of fear for their lives. They have come to the U.S. in search of a better life. They are curious and resourceful children who come from all over the world, bringing a wealth of cultural and linguistic knowledge.
Our school strives to bring together refugee, immigrant, and local children in an academically challenging and nurturing environment.
Though we have limited resources, we work hard to prepare students both socially and academically.
As an ESOL teacher, I teach them English and academics. They teach me about perseverance and the value of diversity.
We are starting book clubs in my class and we need interesting books at the right level to get students engaged and excited about reading. Book Club offers students a chance to discuss ideas with others and to create greater meaning from their reading.
We also do a lot of independent reading to help students build vocabulary and to allow them to follow their own interests.
This builds motivation and helps students to become life long readers. I have asked the students what interests them the most and what books they wished we had for our classroom. Having these books would bring so much joy and would allow students to get lost in a book.
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