My students are eager to learn and yearn for in-depth experiences in the classroom. They want to broaden their understanding of the world and need access to a modern day curriculum to compete with peers from affluent and educated backgrounds.
My objective is to provide relevant and relatable reading material so that my students are motivated in the classroom and have an opportunity to achieve their personal and academic goals.
As a teacher in a high poverty school district, our students are faced with challenges both in and out of the classroom. They come from a variety of economic backgrounds; about 55% of our 2,000 students receive free lunch and 69% are socioeconomically disadvantaged. Our ethnically diverse student body is roughly 70% Latino, 13% African American, 14% white, and about 2% Asian and Filipino. Many students have jobs after school, and a large percentage are being raised in single parent households. Despite these challenges, my students value their education. They are engaged learners and are optimistic about the future. Most want to further their education beyond high school and will thrive with guidance and support.
My students need to see themselves reflected in the books they choose to read. Students enjoy reading about things that are relevant in their lives. There are fantastic new titles available that are representative of my student body.
Books can act like both mirrors and windows on the world.
Mirrors that can reflect on students' lives, and in windows that can give them a chance to learn about someone else’s life. This type of self-reflection and opportunity to read or hear about different lives is essential for students' emotional growth. I would like to have books in my classroom that will hold their interests and keep them reading.
Students readers will often pick up a book because they are interested or identify with the subject matter. Students who read high interest titles find reading fun and begin to read for enjoyment. Helping students engage with the world through reading is a perfect way to build an academic classroom environment.
If you donated to this project, you can sign in to leave a comment for Ms. Walsh.
DonorsChoose is the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.
As a teacher-founded nonprofit, we're trusted by thousands of teachers and supporters across the country. This classroom request for funding was created by Ms. Walsh and reviewed by the DonorsChoose team.
DonorsChoose makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America create classroom project requests, and you can give any amount to the project that inspires you.