These kids are my first! And I have learned that they are extremely compassionate, understanding and they want to put themselves in other peoples’ shoes. My students seek out friendships with other students who are experiencing the same challenges outside of school, but learning to listen to other students’ stories in class and empathizing with them.
Currently, we are reading “Out of my Mind” by Sharon M.
Draper, a story about a young girl who finds her voice despite the most unimaginable circumstances and challenges. Many students in this class have challenges at home and even academically, but when students realize that Melody can’t walk or talk, they become more grateful with the abilities they have. My students are truly imersed in this different perspective and have become more sympathetic, understanding and grateful children.
I would love to give this book as a gift to my loving students this Christmas!
When reading, "Out of My Mind" by Sharon M. Draper, my students have a new understanding and respect for the little things in life. During our read-alouds, students are constantly saying things like, "Wow, I didn't even think about that!" and "I wonder what that would be like." Giving them this beautiful book will hopefully give the gift of perspective, sympathy and voice to my students. The main character, Melody faces challenges that my students have not experiences and maybe never will. While reading, we understand the power of voice, communication, language, and words because Melody is "trapped" inside her head. My students have became invested in Melody and I would love your help in making my Christmas a great one!
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