The students at my school are full of energy and excited about learning. As a teacher in a low-income, high-poverty school, my students are faced with many challenges in and outside of school. Some of these challenges are out of our control, but I like to try to help solve the ones that I can.
Despite their challenges, I hope to create a classroom in which learning is fun and engaging for them.
I want students to be able to fully participate and have what they need to be engaged and focused on their learning.
I have found that one of the best ways to help students improve their reading is with guided reading. My students participate in reading centers and guided reading daily. There is a wide range of reading levels in my class. The reading levels in my classroom extend from kindergarten all the way up to fourth grade. I believe that each and every one of my students should be able to have the tools they need to help them grow-no matter their reading level.
I want to enhance my guided reading time with these tools to help my students grow.
By providing them with finger lights and reading strips, I believe that they will be better equipped to focus on the words that they are reading.
I have noticed that during guided reading time, many of my students struggle with sitting on the regular chairs for our 20 minute sessions. I would like to have the balance ball chairs for my students to use so that they can focus on our precious 20 minutes together instead of struggling to get comfortable.
The rest of the materials will be used for independent reading centers and allow me to differentiate for my students. The road to reading kit, comprehension and vocabulary quickies will provide my below-level readers with activities that they can complete independently to practice their reading. The reader's theater is a perfect activity for my on-level students to practice their reading and fluency. The opinion writing centers will allow my above-level students to expand on their knowledge and practice connecting their reading and writing.
These new additions to our classroom will help my students be able to focus during our guided reading time and in turn, I know that will help them to become better readers.
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