My students are funny, creative and professional. They come to school with uniforms and urges to learn. The school is located in a neighborhood with enormous social and economic disadvantages. Our Elementary is considered "the jewel" of our neighborhood.
Each of my students is a precious jewel needing a polish to shine brightly.
Each student is an English language learner. They receive free or reduced-price lunches. Our school is a Title I school that teaches Pre-K - 5th grade. It is the central hub of the neighborhood, with a family center on our campus and a great field to play sports on.
Every day I am excited to enrich the lives of my students. I know my teaching is making a difference. For students who are already at a disadvantage in terms of language proficiency, I use a lot of strategies to highlight oral language retention.
Do you remember when you first fell in love with reading? The majority of my students enter third grade struggling with reading comprehension. They are reading one or two grade levels below the state standard. The curriculum I use in third grade most of my students have difficulty reading. As a new teacher, I haven't acquired a personal library that can support their reading growth from day to day. We go to the school library once a week, where they can check out two books. I have also gotten them library cards to the public libraries, where they can also check out books. But throughout the day, which includes silent reading or free choice, the majority of my students don't have access to books that are appropriate for their levels.
This project creates a leveled library in my classroom, where students will have the opportunity to grow as readers with free choice to read books that are at their own academic levels.
They will be able to watch themselves grow as readers, as they move up each level. The standard third-grade reading text starts at level L. Most of my students are reading at level J. This project will place those appropriate books, like level J, in front of them. They will learn to love reading by not having to struggle with comprehension or fluency. My project hopes my students will grow as readers, and end third grade as much stronger, independent book lovers.
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