My students attend a Title I School in which we have a high population of families with low income. My students come from all different backgrounds and dynamics. Some of my students are considered "at risk" and living near the term of poverty.
My students also love to learn and be at school in a loving and supporting environment.
My students are eager to learn, but lack motivation. They are very curious about the world around them and take any opportunity to explore beyond what they know.
In order to help nurture the next generation of bookworms, I'm starting by looking for titles that kids will recognize as “relevant in their world.” One way is by providing them with non-traditional reading materials, like graphic novels and cookbooks.
Why cookbooks - it’s “empowering” for kids to learn to make their own food, and it makes them feel a little bit older, a little more mature.
Kids need to practice reading, and to get them there, we have to give them things they love to read. Trying to match up the right kid with the right book is a little bit of a game, but if you give them a buffet, they’ll choose. That’s why it’s important to provide students with a wide-ranging school library, to make sure every student can find the right book.
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