My students have an eagerness to learn and become stronger readers. In our class we use discussion to reflect on our reading. They enjoy sharing about their reading through writing and conversations. I teach a very diverse group of students with just as diverse backgrounds. Sharing through conversations and writing allows them the opportunity to show their individualism and diversity. We all learn why each of us is special and unique while at the same time become stronger independent readers.Several of my students were displaced or suffered damages to their homes due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. This caused even further economic hardship on their families. Many students were unable to buy school supplies due to the significant losses.
Vocabulary development is necessary for fully comprehending written material as well as being able to hold meaningful conversations. Lack of vocabulary is one of the main things that prevents many of my students from being successful in school. Many of them come from a home where a language other than English is spoken. Even though many parents want to help their child, their vocabulary hinders them from fully helping them. In class, we are practicing using a dictionary when we come to an unfamiliar word to help build comprehension skills. A class set of dictionaries would enable all students to use one at the same time. Once they strengthen their vocabulary they will become stronger readers and speakers.
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