Sadly, my students typically do not enjoy reading. Consequently, they are not strong readers. My hope is that these books will encourage my reluctant readers to find joy in reading for pleasure. My kids come to our alternative high school campus for a new start and to focus on their dream of graduating high school.
My students get a second chance when they join my class.
They get a second chance to graduate, to feel supported, to succeed. We transform lives on my campus. Kids come to us academically behind their peers, with low self esteem regarding their academic abilities. They leave our school confident, accomplished, and deservedly proud of overcoming obstacles and achieving their goal of graduation.
Reading feels like torture for my kids. They do it only to pass tests. They have never known the pleasure of escaping into the world of a new book. They have rarely travelled to another country or universe by jumping into the pages of a cleverly-written novel. I want to transform my students’ attitudes toward reading by opening their world to high quality, interesting novels. I want to widen their perspectives and open the world to them.
I believe that it just takes one “good” book to create a lifelong reader.
Once my kids get hooked on reading, their skills and confidence levels will skyrocket. The gift of books and reading is life-changing for my precious students.
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