I work at an ethnically, culturally, and economically diverse Chicago Public School. With almost 800 students from Pre-K to 8th Grade, three-fourths of the population comes from low-income households. The majority of our students are minorities, and recently we have seen an influx of refugees.
My middle school students are not only finding a safe, nurturing learning environment, but they are also finding their voice.
Their exuberance, gumption, and tenacity compel me to give them the necessary tools needed to be powerful thinkers, writers, and speakers. I absolutely love coming to work every day because my middle schoolers inspire and motivate me. In return, I hope my passion for education is instilled in them.
As a middle school Language Arts teacher, my aim is to teach the reader. The only way for my students to have a passion for reading is for them to have the ability to choose from a variety of rich, diverse, and current novels. Building a library that is at their interest level gives them strength to know there are plenty of choices out there and that they can read on their own.
These novels are not only engaging because of their readability level, but they also provide thought-provoking context that will be examined through a critical lens.
At the heart of these amazing reads we reflect on how we view others, how we relate to each other, and why we make certain choices. Ultimately, with a good book we gain a deeper understanding of humanity.
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