“There's no such thing as a kid who hates reading. There are kids who love reading, and kids who are reading the wrong books.” - James Patterson
My class consists of a diverse group of students that are enthusiastic learners with inquisitive minds that love embarking on the imaginative journey of a new book.
The majority of my students come from a high poverty school district in Brooklyn, NY where all students receive free lunch and breakfast. Forty percent of my class consists of Students with Disabilities. A large majority of my class is reading 1-2 levels below grade level. They all show an interest in reading, when provided the right type of book.
Unfortunately, our school is unable to provide us with the books needed for our upcoming unit in December. Asking the parents to purchase the necessary book themselves will be a strain on those who are already struggling to make ends meet.
It is important to provide these students with the same opportunities as other students reading books they are interested in so they become better independent readers. After all, children that thrive at independent reading have greater achievements in all subject areas.
My students are an excited group of 6th grade learners and the majority of them love to read, when it is a book they are interested in. Unfortunately the books that are provided in the upcoming unit are either outdated or non-existent. This year, I had to use a hot glue gun to glue pieces of books together and make fake covers out of card stock or index cards so that every child in the class had their own copy of the book we were reading. Last year when reading the set of trade books provided, less than 50% of my students showed even the slightest interest in the book.
In order to pique a child’s interest in reading, the book must be something that grabs their attention and arouses their interest.
It is additionally important to find books that relate to their experiences. As a teacher it is my job to ignite my student’s love of reading so that they will want to read. Not force them to read an old outdated book so they can pass the semester.
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