I have an incredible opportunity to work with amazing Chorus and Music and Technology students. They come from many different walks of life but blend together to become an integral part of a larger ensemble and family. Our 6th through 8th grade public school serves a transient community. Our poverty rate is 60% and free/reduced-price lunch rate is almost 50%. Our students work in the classroom, exercising their 21st century skills.
Within this framework of the 21st century classroom, it is important for students to utilize their soft skills at every opportunity, including classroom literacy.
It is important to ensure that students are using a classroom and instruments that are in the best condition possible.
This is the third installment of an on-going literacy building initiative. We are working hard to build positive environments where reading is fun and students can feel like they are represented within the young adult literature that is available to them.
It is equally important for students to read about experiences that are different from their own.
This promotes empathy and bridge building amongst many marginalized communities, as well as adds to the overall understanding of the human experience. This understanding and empathy that is fostered through reading diverse texts with diverse characters increases my students' chances to be successful in a globalized world.
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