For the past several years, our students have been engaged in becoming a culture of thinkers, a place where a group’s collective, as well as individual, thinking is valued, visible, and actively promoted as part of the regular, day-to-day experience of all group members. We recently adopted the Leader In Me program that helps teach our students leadership, accountability, adaptability, initiative, and self-direction, cross-cultural skills, responsibility, problem-solving, communication, creativity, and teamwork.
Our classroom of thinkers are the leaders of the leaders.
They are burdened not only by being the model learners for their younger brothers, sisters, cousins, and friends who look up to them, but they also are on the verge of one of the biggest transitions of their lives as they prepare to enter the middle school with their 600 new classmates.
In our classroom, we have been all about preparing for the twenty-first century with STEM challenges, robots, coding, and Chromebooks. Students love technology, but there is still something that technology cannot replace: the feel of a good book in your hands. Kindles just don't compare.
Students want to read; they just want to read GOOD books!
They want to read books that they are interested in; not books that they have to read. Having new books, such as Invisible Emme, One for the Murphys, and Shouting at the Rain that they will find exciting and can connect to will help spark that passion for reading that we are so desperately trying to instill in our readers in this world full of tablets, YouTube, and video games.
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