Help me give my students the gift of reading. My students hate reading, but they may just hate what they are reading. These books have vivid illustrations and limited words. They are interesting and grab the student's attention.
I am a Special Education teacher working in a BMC (Behavior Management Classroom). I have students that range from 6th grade to 8th grade. All of these students have an emotional disturbance due to neglect, abuse, or mental health.
My students are sweet kids who are often misunderstood because they lack the social skills to properly display emotions.
The BMC is a self-contained unit but we try to include them in the regular education setting. They all attend class with other non-special education students in their grade level classrooms. This inclusion setting can be a challenge because of the range of emotions they go through throughout the day and certain medications that may cause drowsiness or other side effects.
Because of these needs and their lack of patience and stamina with their grade level work, we have to construct a schedule that includes frequent breaks and rewards. We have to motivate them to socialize appropriately and stay on task. My students can often be feared by other student and staff because of their emotions and sometimes aggressive behavior. By socializing them and having them work together with other students it helps break down those walls of fear and doubt.
I want to entice students to read. When I tell the kids to grab a book, I don't want grunts and sighs. I want stunts and high fives. My students see work, when they should see enjoyment, adventure, and intrigue. I want kids to race to grab a book for fear that if they linger, they may not be the first to snag a copy. I want them to look at the library and say "which one shall I read first" not "which one do you want me to read". I've selected books that are appropriate for this age group, but are also sought after. These books were chosen because my students chose them. These are their super heroes and characters. They are comfort when they feel awkward and need to relate to something or someone. A character that takes them on a field trip through their imagination. An adventure they can't wait to begin or continue. An escape from reality with a ticket to ride in the palm of their hand.
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