Our school is located in a rural area in northeastern Utah. Along with the rest of the world, our community has been greatly affected by COVID-19. Our current students have not had a normal educational experience since third grade. Despite these road blocks in learning, I cannot say enough about the resilance our students have shown. We have the opportunity to teach bright, inquisitive minds, who are working hard to close the learning gaps that have occurred over the tumultuous year and a half.
Our students love to learn about experiences and cultures that differ from their own.
Being located in a rural and somewhat isolated region, I have discovered over the years that students in our school love to learn about different cultures and experiences. The discussion from such topics is often rich and valuable, and allows students to experience scenarios and stories from differing cultures and lifestyles which is certain to broaden their schemas. COVID-19 has taken a lot away from our students, but their ability to learn, discuss, and grow is still very much alive!
A highlight of a regular day in our classroom is our book club session. Students are grouped with peers and get to select and read books together. It is impressive to hear the lively discussion and debate the occurs as a result of book clubs. Our book clubs are tergeted to leverage critical skills that our students need to be successful both academically, and in life. We practice fluency, accuracy, and comprehension, and also use these books for various extension activities.
We need updated, diverse books to help each student learn, grow, and experience different perspectives and situations.
Funding for these books clubs will impact our entire grade as we will share and rotate books for book clubs among classes. Our current libary for book clubs contains a lot of older classic books, which we gladly utilize. However, funding for this project will bring about a more diverse, updated library which will help our students to extend learning and explore even more.
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