Our school is located in Junction City, Kansas near Fort Riley Military Base. Many of our students are military dependents. We pride ourselves on the diversity within our school and celebrate the unique experiences that our students contribute to our learning community.
More than 84% of our students are economically disadvantaged.
We are a Title I school which means we receive government funds to help bridge the gap between low income students and other students. Despite economic difficulties, my students are resilient. They are curious and eager to learn.
In the 2018-19 school year, I will be stepping into a new role as a reading teacher for students in third, fourth, and fifth grade. As a part of the Kansans Can School Redesign Project, our school is saying adios to scripted curriculum and embracing new and innovative ways to engage learners and increase student achievement. I am eager with anticipation for the new school year, because this year will be start of something great. It is the opportunity to make a real difference for the students at our school.
As a reading teacher, I am determined to find the inner reader in every student.
You see, I am convinced that there is no such thing as a child who doesn't like to read. There are only children who have not found the right book. In my classroom, I plan to unlock the power of independent reading. I believe there is no better way to develop students as readers than through the books that interest them. At least twenty minutes of our class time will be devoted to independent reading every day. During this time, I will conference with readers, help them to apply the skills we've learned to their own books, and assist them in selecting books from our school and classroom library. My goal is not just to have a great classroom library section, but for the entire classroom to feel like a library where the books are organized by topics or genres and displayed in a way that piques student interest.
Please consider donating to my project. Your donation will fund the purchase of almost fifty high-interest books for my classroom library. You never know the difference a good book might make!
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