The students in my classroom come from many different walks of life. My classroom contains students from different socio-economic statuses, ethnic backgrounds, and different home lives.
My students are resilient, hardworking, energetic, and loving kids.
Regardless of the outside factors on their lives, they are all eager and willing to learn. The classroom often becomes a home away from home so I strive to make all students feel that they are equal, safe, and can be successful no matter what their lives outside of school are like.
Children learn by example and what better example than amazing books, written by well known authors. Mentor texts in the classroom have a multitude of uses.
Not only will quality mentor texts help them learn to write better, but it will also influence their reading.
During writing, students can get ideas, see examples of quality writing, and see how a story comes together. In our reader's workshop, I get to read books aloud to model fluency and how to use different comprehension strategies.
Children need real world experiences to make their learning meaningful, and teacher modeling accomplishes this. Using books like "The Stranger" and "John Philip Duck" students will see how to best use comprehension strategies to understand what they read.
For writing, "Voices in the Park" and "Memoirs of a Goldfish" students get examples of different writing styles and types of writing. With the book bins, students will be able to pick out their own books to use during independent reading time. All of these things can be used from year to year, helping grow the passion of reading for many students.
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