My students are inquisitive and excited learners in fourth grade. Each student that enters my classroom enters with a clean slate, despite whatever background or previous experiences they have had.
I want them to believe that they are capable of anything and everything with hard work and dedication!
I teach at a Title one school where more than three fourths of the students are considered to come from high poverty, so they face many challenges outside of the classroom. Regardless of where my students have been, I want to make sure they are taken care of within the classroom and help them see the best version of themselves!
I have seen my students' love for reading grow over the past 6 months and it makes my heart swell seeing the love for literacy develop in young minds. My students have been using very old furniture in our classroom library. This furniture was either donated from other retiring teachers or garage sale finds from my first year of teaching. Our current bookshelves are actually being held together by some string and lots of hot glue, and our carpet is actually just big foam puzzle pieces that have taken on years of wear and tear.
While my students have not let our lack-luster library slow down their desire to devour books during our independent reading time or when they have finished other work, I long to give them a more attractive, cozy space to delve deep into other worlds through their favorite books.
My hope is to provide a more organized place for them to find new and exciting books.
This new library would mean so much to my students. Many of my students do not have the resources outside of school to get new books and the most popular books are usually hard to get in the school library. I purchase in-demand books regularly for my classroom library and even take turns reading books with some of my students. I usually have a waiting list for new books to purchase that students add to whenever they come across a series they love or new books they have heard about. It would be amazing to see the impact these materials would have on the next generation of readers!
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