The students in my classroom are students with learning and emotional disabilities.
Many of them have experienced trauma in their lives and have difficulty coming to school.
Our classes serve students with a range of disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, emotional disturbance, autism spectrum disorder and specific learning disabilities. The typical student in my class reads at a fourth-grade level, with some students reading at a second-grade level, and many struggle with basic phonics and writing skills.
The opportunity and achievement gaps are apparent among our student population. All of my students receive free breakfast and lunch. We are a Title I neighborhood school. The majority of my students do not have computers at home, and some do not have access to the internet. My students go home each day and struggle to help their parents provide for their families.
I love to read and I work very hard to instill a love of reading with my students. Part of that involves the celebration of reading.
My students would love to celebrate each time they finish reading a book by taking a #book-ie (selfie of themselves with a book) and posting on the bulletin board for all to see!
Not only will this help them recommend books to other students, but also they will feel pride at seeing pictures of themselves with finished books in the classroom. Each month we will count our totals, so we can track the number of books we have read each month to help plan our end of the year reading celebration!
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