At the end of my first year of teaching, I was uncertain how anything could be better than teaching 8th grade ELA. From mastering public speaking and delivering presidential speeches to composing 5 paragraph essays with text evidence and proper citation, my students not only achieved academically but developed an understanding within themselves that anything is possible when you work hard. My students arrive to school and exhibit grit and tenacity every single day, despite the circumstances they may face outside of school. These circumstances do not define what my students are capable of, and my goal as an educator is for my students to understand their own power to be change makers and leaders in their community. My students are tremendously caring, they are leaders, they are advocates, they are joyful, they are resilient, they are bright and they are fiercely committed to being the best versions of themselves every single day.
This year as I transition to a 7th grade classroom, I plan to create an even more rigorous learning environment for my students so that they are able to grow as learners and as people.
This year, I am focusing on growing strong independent readers. The first step in helping my students to grow as readers is providing them with books and creating an environment where reading is relaxing and enjoyable. Books like "Out of My Mind", "Wonder", "An Abundance of Katherines" and of course Harry Potter, will enhance my classroom library and cater to the diverse set of learners who I have the privilege of calling my students.
Having a multitude of books of different genres and reading levels will allow ALL my students to access reading.
Independent reading time will be integrated into my instructional time and students will be responsible for taking Accelerated Reading quizzes after they finish their independent reading book to help assess growth as the year progresses.
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