My students come to school every day (with 98.4% attendance) in a diverse, low-income, urban community. The demographics of my school includes Asian, African American, Latino, and Caucasian students. One goal, as a school community, is to focus on the whole child. My classroom is dedicated to tolerance and humanitarianism. I focus my lessons on the human experience to instill empathy into my students in hopes to create a better world for their generation and generations after. We utilize a vast range of texts, sources, and technology that is available to further understand our world and the responsibilities of a citizen of the United States. I want my students to continue to ask deeper questions about their world, analyze perspectives of others, and be able to support their ideas with evidence.
I am working on building my library in my classroom for my middle school students to use. Every year I aim to create a student friendly library where students can find books that they are interested in. This year, every Monday we participate in Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) and for 20 minutes they get to read a book of their choice. Without a librarian, students are limited to the books that they are exposed to and I want to ensure that students have plenty of books to explore while participating in DEAR.
I want students to find pleasure in reading books and finding genres that they are interested in.
Studies show that students that read more do better on tests and by having a library that holds books for students, we can really build an organic love for reading.
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