My students are diverse learners, though many of us share the same cultural background. They come from different homes, where they've experienced different learning opportunities. They come to me, hopeful, that I can offer them the chance to learn and grow on a level playing field. They are students attending a title 1 school, with the same dreams and aspirations as students from affluent districts. They depend on my colleagues and I to help them get to where they want to go. They provide the determination, and the brilliance; I provide the guidance, knowledge, and often times, the tools.
In my district, students struggle greatly with gleaning information from non-fiction texts as they progress through the elementary years. This is concerning because non-fiction texts are the key to increasing scientific literacy rates in our country. If we want to see an increase in well-prepared high school graduates pursuing studies in STEM fields, it has to start at the beginning. We do a great job of encouraging young students to read and retell stories, but we often push aside non-fiction until later. Small children are naturally curious about the world and the universe around them. Let's harness that curiosity and feed it with great non-fiction literature!
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