After 20 years of teaching elementary school, my heart was called to middle school. I have been at this very special school for the last year and a half and could not be happier working with this astounding group of kiddos. Almost 80% of my students are socioeconomically disadvantaged and a majority of them do not identify themselves as readers, and have limited access to relevant, high interest books. Despite these challenges, I have a heart for reluctant readers. You see, these students don't know they are a part of my mission to create passionate lifelong readers. For those that already found their love of reading, I want to keep it that way by cementing their already wonderful relationships with books.
All students deserve to keep their sense of wonder about learning. Read alouds, book talks, and the love of picture books doesn't stop in elementary school! Curiosity, inquiry, imagination, real life connections and relevance are what keeps students engaged in the classroom. Learning can be a joy, particularly when books are used.
I believe that books are the "magical" tool for students, teachers and families to use in order to help students flourish - ALL types of books!
As a middle school Language Arts teacher, it is my responsibility and honor to cultivate readers for life. This is why it is so important to have a classroom library full of books from all genres and all levels.
There is nothing more exciting than seeing your middle schoolers all over the classroom captivated by a new story, a new favorite book discovery, or perhaps a new love for reading! This is what keeps my passion alive as an educator. This is what gives me hope for our future.
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