Picture adorable smiling faces, a boatload of energy, and an eagerness to learn as well as to share all of their own life experiences. Then you'll know what it looks like to walk into our classroom each day. I have the great pleasure of having a very diverse population of students in our classroom, each very unique in learning style and academic capabilities.
Maine is home to a diverse culture and a wide range of socioeconomic statuses which are seen throughout the city and in each one of the classrooms.
We have a high percentage of students who receive free or reduced-price lunch. All students need to have a community that supports them, enables them to be themselves, and fosters skills and tools for successful learning.
My second graders have just embarked on a unit that will take them through the lives of many individuals by reading biographies. So we need loads and loads of biographies, reaching many different reading levels! Through this work students will need to determine what a hero is, how heroes make an impact, as well as figure out if the individuals contributions made a difference.
To keep the spark of learning happening I would like to be able to provide my students with a wider range of biographies to choose from, that span across many different reading levels.
By providing students with people they're interested in it can lead to more excitement about the topic as well as more exposure to new information about the person.
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