My students are low income students that have many things working against them. Several of them are in the custody of grandparents, the majority do not have a father or father figure in their lives and just have moms living in the household. Their moms are working many hours trying to make ends meet and they spend more time with older siblings or others that watch them. My special group of students are a combination of struggling and high potential students. Of the 50 students I serve in my class, 20 are reading well below grade level and 30 of them are gifted or high potential students who need to be advanced and engaged academically. On the upside these boys and girls are eager to learn and want to work on improving their deficits and move forward toward greater success. My struggling students do not look forward to reading, but my high and gifted students want to learn about relevant topics that are engaging while being able to excel in interesting ways. They love to learn about interesting topics and using those topics to work on a wide variety of fun activities.
My students need to grow and exceed in reading. The requirements to be able to compete globally with other countries is becoming more and more of a requirement in everything we do within the schools today. The resources we have in our school are out dated and very much redundant year after year. The generations of today are so involved in social media that often times they are not exposed to real world information in school other than the same stories and people they hear about over and over again. Students in my classroom like to read about current affairs relevant to them and the school library doesn't have many options for current affairs. My school can't afford to pay for resources for specific classrooms or teachers. We also don't have much parental help. So I would like to have these magazines because they will hold their interests and keep them reading in my classroom. This will help them with comprehension and using reading strategies in order to become better readers.
My students range from low readers to gifted students.
These magazines will peak the interest of all level of students equally and will also inform them at the same time of current and relevant events in society. Students who read these magazine articles will find reading fun and begin to read more for enjoyment! Helping students begin to learn that reading is fun is a perfect way to build better readers. Interesting articles that are relevant to students and real life are a gateway to better reading skills for reluctant readers. My students will love getting their hands on these magazines.
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