Help me give my students diverse, multicultural literature that they can see themselves in. We need books that highlight minorities, individuals dealing with physical & learning disabilities, and characters tackling issues such as immigration, prejudice, and internal struggles.
I teach a very diverse group of 27 fifth graders at a public K-5 elementary school in the Silicon Valley of California. My students have a variety of linguistic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Over 50% of our students are English language learners and more than a third come from low-income families.
My job is to help prepare students for success in middle school and beyond as they reach their personal and educational goals.
We are becoming lifelong learners and contributing members of society who think critically and are constantly problem solving. Each year is a new adventure, and I consider myself very fortunate to be able to learn alongside such amazing young people!
My 5th graders are a group of 27 very special young people, who come from a variety of linguistic, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Some cope with learning disabilities and language barriers, while others are managing challenges in their home lives. Despite any difficulties they are facing, they come to school eager to learn, and hungry for books! They deserve to see themselves in literature, and read texts to which they deeply connect. I want them to be proud of who they are, and who their ancestors are. Additionally, learning about the hardships that others face, the richness and depth of various cultures, and the importance of acceptance, friendship, and family will only further help them to develop into open-minded, socially-aware, inclusive young people.
Breathe new life into our classroom library by infusing it with a plethora of new, diverse literature that celebrates cultural traditions, highlights the importance of living authentically, and encourages accepting oneself and others.
Give my students mirrors in which they can see themselves, situations they can relate to, and characters who are just like them! Their differences are what make them amazing!
As an Asian American woman who grew up here in the heart of Silicon Valley, just minutes from where I have been teaching for the past 16 years, I know firsthand how vital it is to provide meaningful, empowering texts to young people. I can't remember being surrounded by many texts that were written by or starred people of color, like me. We can do better. We must do better. Thank you for considering a donation to this passion project of ours!
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