I have the most energetic, enthusiastic, and ready to...___ (fill in the blank) group of students! They are excited about each and every opportunity to experience something new. My little learners are ready for another challenge, another opportunity, another way to touch their world and have their world touch them. We have a diverse mix of children. Some of them come with medical concerns, some are identified as gifted, and some come with reading and learning challenges. We are bonding together as a keen, lean, learning machine. We are becoming risk takers and mistake makers and "what if..." thinkers.
I watch their confidence and leadership skills grow and develop daily.
These students will take on the 21st century's challenges with a smile!
If this project is funded, I will install the listening center in our classroom to provide the students with the opportunity to read along with and listen to recorded books. It will provide the children with an additional opportunity to track text, develop sight word recognition, and expand their reading, written, and spoken vocabularies.
Students will also experience opportunities to develop cooperation skills as they are seated in close proximity to one another and will have to work together to share the responsibilities of successfully managing and operating the listening center.
My students are in need of additional fluency practice and this listening station will allow students to read along with a fluent read and observe how that reader uses punctuation marks to guide their reading rate and tone. These are essential skills for these leaders of our next generation to acquire!
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