My classroom is filled with reluctant readers who have not been introduced to the right characters or the story that grabs them and pulls them in. I work with them to find their interests and show them how they can use these interests to find books that they'll enjoy. Once they find one, they're in! They admit to not reading and often say they do not like to read in the beginning of the school year. It is my goal to have each of them end the school year as readers, not because someone told them they had to, but because they enjoy it.
I teach English learners, some of whom are newcomers to the country and speak no English and others who have been here a limited amount of time and speak little English.
We work all year to learn how to grow from failure and use it to get a step closer to success. Many of my students come to me with a sense of apathy formed from the lack of experiences of academic success in the past. We're a Title I school with more than 80% of our students classified as economically disadvantaged.
Seeing this film will start some important discussions around social justice. Exposure to the pertinent topics featured in the film will hopefully open students’ eyes to the world around them.
Life-changing moments happen for students when they are able to experience the world through the eyes of characters in literature as well as film.
It’s like allowing them to peep into the windows of the rest of the world. If at least one student commits to seeking justice for others and being an upstander instead of a bystander, then the goal of viewing this movie is met. I want this to serve as an avenue in creating world changers in my students.
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