My English classroom is a space designed to be safe and rigorous for students. My students, mostly 8th graders in Bushwick, learn the skills that they'll need in order to be successful in their secondary and post-secondary education, as well as their future careers.
I challenge my students every day and every day my students rise up to the challenge, often teaching me something in the process.
While my school is located in Bushwick and the majority of students live in the neighborhood, there are also many students that commute from Bedstuy, Canarsie, and Ridgewood.
My students, like many others, are reluctant readers. When I ask my young scholars why they don't like to read, the response is always the same: "Reading is boring." My students do not have access to literature that reflects the diversity of the world. To become better writers, students, and responsible global citizens, my students need to become frequent readers and I hope to incentivize and motivate my students to read more frequently by presenting them with literature that gives them a glimpse to global narratives. I want to show my students that reading, aside from its educational value, can be fun!
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