My class is an amazing group of students who face many challenges. We are a rural, K-8 school, where every child receives a free breakfast and lunch. Most of my students live well below the poverty level, but you would never know it from their positive attitudes. They are just excited to come to school and learn.
My goal is to provide my students with a variety of teaching tools to foster engagement, confidence, and success.
Then we can learn our standards together through opportunities to collaborate, to be creative, and to learn twenty-first-century skills.
Reading is the most important thing we do every day in the classroom. But how many students get to choose books they really want to read?
Would you want every book you read to be chosen for you?
I sure wouldn't! When we study together as a class or small group, of course we use the same text, but when reading for pleasure we all want the opportunity to choose for ourselves.
Our Special Needs students feel the same way! When asked what books they would love to read, I received requests for graphic novels. These books are often a gateway to chapter books, and make a wonderful addition to any classroom or school library. Specific requests are for Plants vs. Zombies and Big Nate. Also requested are Little Shaq books by Shaquille O'Neal, and Henry and Mudge books. Students will be reading these books during their reading workshop time, either alone or with a partner. They will also be taking them home to read.
Studies show that allowing ALL kids, Special Needs Kids included, to choose their own books will encourage them to love reading, and become lifelong learners. Thank you for helping me realize this goal! #everykidcan
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