I teach Dual Credit English IV and AP English. My class has students who bring many different ability levels. I teach everyone from students who struggle to read at appropriate grade level but are striving to improve and earn college credit up to advanced readers and writers.
What I love about my students is the fact that it's impossible to generalize or label them into one group or stereotype.
They come from a variety of backgrounds and socioeconomic levels and, as seniors, their eyes are on the future. They can be challenging because there are so many different needs to meet, but watching them grow as readers and writers is the most rewarding thing about my job.
The big struggle that we've faced this year is related to reading comprehension. I'm trying to push them to find books they love and to expand their vocabularies. Many are college-bound; others are going into the military, and a few are headed straight for the workforce. My goal is to help them prepare to face the "real world", with all of its complexities.
We're constantly trying to get books into the hands of our students. This year. We received a new collection of books from diverse authors and we can reach more readers than ever. The problem? With limited shelving on campus, there's nowhere to put our new treasures!
A few new bookshelves will give us a way to organize the classroom library so that students can quickly find what they need.
We'll be able to sort books by interest and reading level. We're all trying to keep our classroom spaces organized so that we can maintain social distancing, so the faster kids can find their books, the less likely they are to congregate in one spot or touch too many surfaces. Help make it easier for students to find their next great read!
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