As a school with refugee services available, my classroom has a rich diversity. Over 50 languages are spoken in our school, representing several nations in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Central America, and South America. Some of my 5th grade students have attended schools in the US for many years, while others have only recently arrived. Many had to overcome challenging situations to get to my classroom.
Ever curious about their world, my students bring a global perspective to their learning and understanding.
They have an extraordinary enthusiasm for school and an awe-inspiring respect for learning. Their varied learning experiences bring a richness to classroom work, group activities, and explorations.
Classroom libraries are places where students 'see' the world without traveling. Books allow students to learn about places, people, and shared life experiences in a safe environment with their peers. The community I teach is rich in cultural and linguistic diversity. Children need to read books that reflect their communities.
Seeing characters who look like them will make my students feel valued and included in society.
Access to these books will promote positive views of themselves. This library of books will also help my students learn about each others' cultural communites.
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