Imagine being a struggling reader; perhaps you are a new language learner, maybe you have a vision impairment that makes it difficult to read typical font sizes found in books. Now imagine that each day, you are expected to read for twenty minutes, no matter how difficult that experience is for you.
I teach in a diverse middle school, consisting of students from different countries, each with unique abilities and struggles.
Our amazing literacy programs and classes are designed to ensure that every student that walks through our doors will leave a more confident, capable reader. As teachers and as a literacy department, we spend as much of our financial resources as possible on high interest young adult literature. And we know we are picking the right books because by the middle of the school year, the waitlist on some of those popular books is staggering. For the students who read below grade level, it is embarrassing picking up a book with an obviously childish cover. Kindles remove the stigma because those covers do not exist. The bottom line is this: We have kids who want to read, and we sometimes do not have enough books to put in their hands. We also want to make sure that even our struggling readers can access those same books in a format that works for them.
By having two Kindle E-Readers, we will be able to quickly purchase and easily store up to 2,800 books (without having to take up more space in our classroom!). Our "shelves" will be filled with high-interest texts that the kids are lining up to read. The Kindles will offer enlarged print, low-level books for struggling readers, and audio functions for our students that need those accommodations/modifications. Instead of sending students from library to library to bookstore just to find the latest book in a popular series, I can quickly download that same book in under a minute. Finally, these Kindles can work as an excellent incentive to motivate students to work even harder in class than they already do, so that they can pick the next book to add to the Kindle library.
Bringing Kindles into the classroom will increase the academic rigor, motivate our students to read even more, and introduce the kids to the latest Young Adult books.
The middle schoolers will be chomping at the bit to choose books to add to the library, and because the Kindles will not leave the classroom, we will not have to use up our resources buying the same misplaced or damaged books year after year.Read More
|Kindle, 6" E Ink Display, Wi-Fi - Includes Special Offers (Black) • Amazon||$69.00||2||$138.00|
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