My students are all learning English as a Second Language in the fifth grade. These children are incredibly motivated to learn even though life's hardships have impeded in their progress for the beginning years of their lives. Hardships such as interrupted informal education, being poverty stricken and acquiring a new language and culture! Almost all of my student's families have immigrated to the U.S for a better life. They have already overcome a lifetime worth of trauma and yet they are still eager to learn and grow!
My students look at our classroom as a sanctuary.
Every day they come in excited, eager, and ready to put their daily positive affirmations to use. During our Bee Family morning meeting the students reflect on their purpose by chanting Rita Pierson's famous mantra, "I am somebody. I was somebody when I came. I will be a better somebody when I leave. I am powerful and I am strong. I deserve the education that I get here. I have things to do, people to impress, and places to go."
Their burning desire to learn is why I try to give them the very best education that they can get.
My students are absolutely falling in love with reading! We are in need of culturally responsive books to continue their desire to read chapter books and more elaborate texts!
When a reader can see themselves in the stories they read they can better connect with the text and this may be just what they need to understand the text.
When we try to engage our learning in reading we always want to find a way to connect with the reading to pull them in. In order for them to find the joy in reading, making a strong connection to self is exactly the crack in the door they need to be lifelong English readers.
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