Animated! Outspoken! Challenging! Tech-Savvy! These are a few words that describe my students. As a result of being born into and growing up in a tech-savvy world my students are always in a hurry to finish a task or to find the answer; unfortunately, sometimes the results are haphazard or the students move on to one assignment without having a complete understanding of the last task completed.
It is time to slow down!
The higher level thinking that is expected of this generation requires that we spend time making connections between ideas and sparking new thoughts based on previous assumptions. This thinking requires students to confidently engage in real discourse with each other and adults and although my students have much to say; my challenge is to give them instruction and experiences to provide them with the tools for critique and creative expression.
Our class library is outdated. Don't get me wrong, I do appreciate that there are books peppering our shelves; however, many of the titles aren't ones that the students find engaging. One of the reasons is, due to the fact, that the novels offered don't always represent their culture.
Seeing yourself in literature validates your experience.
Students need to see themselves in literature and unfortunately, many of them do not Therefore, we are seeking to replenish our classroom library with books that are of high interest and that reflect a variety of cultures; books, like The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and The Crime That Changed Their Lives, that are fresh, contemporary, relevant and compelling.
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