I have an amazing group of 5th grade students this year. They're compassionate, eager to learn, and work hard every day to be the best version of themselves. Every morning we take part in a classroom community circle in which students answer one question. Last week, the following question was asked: "What is one thing that people may not know about you, but you think they should?" Answers varied: "I love turtles, I can speak three languages, I'm an artist.."
One student said, "I'm non gender." Other students were a bit confused initially, but acted as their usual kind selves after I clarified the term.
I would love to support this brave student, and all students, by providing access to diverse children's literature on our classroom bookshelves that promotes equality and inclusivity within our community.
All students deserve to see themselves represented and reflected in their daily lives and interactions with role models, leaders, literature, arts, and other mediums. In our diverse classroom, I am working to builder a more diverse collection of children's literature.
An area of need that has recently expressed itself in our 5th grade class, is having more books in our classroom library that reflect gender diverse characters.
I am hoping to provide access to a greater diversity of books and characters, promoting inclusivity and equality, but also de-stigmatizing and better educating all students. I want to create a welcoming classroom for all students.
There are more and more great children's books available that provide this opportunity. I would love to add some of them to our classroom library. The books chosen have been heavily recommended and meet the needs of a range of reading levels and interest areas.
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