Our school is a Title I school trying to provide the always changing resources needed to coordinate with the current educational standards which also change often.
With the upcoming school year, I am fortunate enough to be teaching a great group of sixth graders.
This group of students comes from a small, rural school that houses approximately 300 kindergarten through sixth-grade students. Most of these students come from low-income and low socioeconomic status homes.
These particular students are high-energy and have the ability to design and create wonderful things with their academic successes. One obstacle they face is not having the resources needed to support their creativity. Teachers foster independence and thinking "outside the box" to find ways to meet the students' needs the best we can, but the financial needs are greater than most teachers can provide.
Reading across any content area is a struggle for students who are not on grade level with their reading abilities. With most content reading averaging around the 5th grade reading level, it is no wonder students struggle with not only literacy, but with science, social studies, and even math. Teaching these areas every day, I see the struggles my students have when testing.
In most cases, it's not that my students CANNOT perform a task given to them, it is they cannot read to grasp the foundation of what is being asked.
I know reading is a subject every teacher must teach. My goal is to provide my students with a variety of non-fiction books my students can read. The books I am requesting are the ever-popular "Where Is..." and "What Is..." book series. My students truly enjoy this series and I want to expand my library. Being the math and science teacher, I don't have a large collection of books. I also want to help my students become more motivated to write. As a math teacher, we have worked hard on backing up our math claims this year with evidence and reasoning. New smelly pens will motivate my students to give me more precise, thought out responses and it will be evident in their writing. Finally, I am hoping to encourage my students to spend more time reading by giving them classical background music to listen to as they read. I am requesting flash drives to store music so I am not streaming music, which interferes with our school wifi. Please help me reward great reading habits with "Every Good Seed Deserves a Good Read".
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