I teach in an elementary school that is part of a large school district. We are located in an area where there are more than one-third of students are from low-income households. Our school also has a high number of ELL students from many countries and backgrounds. In second grade we work so hard to learn to read and write.I love to read with my second graders. They are so eager to learn to read. They are on the cusp of becoming great readers. Their reading gets better everyday.
There is a buzz about books in our classroom.
Students are provided with many opportunities to discuss what they are reading in small groups, large groups, and with reading buddies. The more books available for students, the greater the buzz becomes.
Our new Superintendent has challenged teachers to create a “book-rich” environment in every classroom. Book access is a significant factor in literacy development. Research shows that students in classrooms with high-quality classroom libraries read 50 percent more than students who do not have access to a library in the classroom. Teachers are encouraged to be “choosy” about the books in a classroom library and to avoid purchasing every outdated and dog-eared book from yard sales. Students need to get excited about the books in the classroom library. Having a high-quality classroom library would allow me to present and display books in enticing ways that encourage and prompt interest, dialogue, and thinking. With a growing classroom library, the buzz about books in our classroom will bloom!
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