The students that I work with attend a high poverty school that serves children with disabilities in New York. I teach a self-contained 12:1:1 (12 students: 1 teacher: 1 paraprofessional) 3rd-5th grade class. My students have different diagnosis, such as Autism and intellectual disabilities. I work in one of the highest need areas in NY and all my students rely on our free meal program. My students vary in academic levels, interests, behaviors and learning styles. All of my students have very unique needs and learn very differently. I am constantly searching for ways to engage them in learning and help each and every child achieve their best.
My students are the most special bunch of energetic, kind, and loving children who come to school with a beautiful smile every day.
The books that I am requesting for my students will be used during our ELA block to target reading and language standards. My students have special needs and it is usually very difficult for them to focus and attend to a story. When my students have a hard time attending, it makes it a lot harder to teach them how to identify characters, setting, events, answer literal and inferential questions, retell the story etc.
My special needs students have special interests and I have noticed such a big difference in the way they listen and attend when I am reading a book they like.
I like to give my students a choice about what book to read by showing them 2-3 books and having them vote about what book to read. In this way they feel they have a voice and choice, and also I get to read the book that most of them like.
My students have read other "There was an old lady who swallowed..." books and they find those stories hilarious. They love predicting what the old lady will eat, comparing themselves and choosing what they would eat. There is so much we can do with an interesting book. I like to read books that teach my students about various holidays in a fun interesting way. We need many books for the classroom so all students can choose a book they like and can be exposed to books and reading.
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