My students come from a very diverse population. Most are 1st to 2nd generations immigrants who were brought here for a better life and chance at the American dream. They are rushed through school not given everything they will need to fully succeed in their new educational environment.
My students come with the added disadvantage of having a learning disability.
Learning disabilities ranging from Intellectual disability to Autism Spectrum Disorder. They have parents at home that don't fully understand how to educate or help them. But they work every day to make sure that their children come to school. My students struggle with traditional educational requirements.
One of the many things, I love most about them is their ability and willingness to learn. My students know they’re different and they have to engage in education a different way, a way they can understand. They have also learned that these differences are also their strengths. My students are learning how to show the world and other educators that their disability does not define them. It empowers them.
For my students' reading is a struggle. Visual aids are needed for compensation and engagement. This will help the students understand what they are reading and also give them confidence in their reading ability.
Graphic Novels and comics give students with learning disabilities the visual aids needed to understand what the story is about.
The colors and layout help keep these students engaged with the story and makes them excited to read.
I have seen my students read more graphic novels and comic than any traditional books. I have come to keep graphic novels on my desk and my students ask to read them. I have had students who know nothing about the civil rights movement read "March" by John Lewis and ask me questions and want to learn more. If graphic novels are the way to my student's hearts and minds, then I will do my best to get more of them to foster a love of reading.
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