In a world where we have to see what is clearly not acceptable, room 201 embodies all that is. Room 201 is a place of diversity, a group of students who, as they grow to be confident in who they are, make known the beauty that comes from putting people from diverse backgrounds, cultures, experiences, learning styles, and needs together. We learn from each other, we bring our life into the room to help us access learning in ways that we have not experienced before. The 4th graders in 201 live in anticipation of their dreams coming true, an expectation that their current academic and social experience will serve as the foundation and preparation for the fulfillment of these dreams. Dreams that include being the first female African American president, opening a homeless shelter in Chicago, being the next top movie director, changing the way we address issues in our society and dancing/performing their way across many stages. These students are the future, 30 awe-inspiring individuals who you should look out for because they're coming. It is our hope that the contributions made will increase access to the tools needed to build their future, academically and socially.
The desire to have a new book, the fresh smell and scent of untouched pages, is always a desire we want our students to have lingering within their minds. This project will turn that longing and desire into an actual reality. When doing novel studies in our classroom, we believe that exposure, engagement, and expectations will greatly increase if students have access to their own individual text. In our inclusive classroom, we recognize that there is a variety of learners who need to be reached and that it is important to have a variety of ways to reach them. Having individual books will be one of those ways. It will contribute to greater access, giving students opportunities to follow along with audio text, read on their own, read with each other, etc.
We anticipate that individual copies for each student will not only increase their enjoyment and engagement but also advance their reading skills.
They will also be exposed to a young child who, similar to their own age, has to learn the importance of motivating and challenging himself as he seeks to find inspiration to persevere and find answers during hard times. As we know, all students do and will face moments of conflict and hard decisions/times.This means that students will get a ton out of this book as they connect the story to their lives. We believe this is a great novel to use in our classroom.
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