Let me tell you about my amazing 8th grade STEM students!
My students are planning to go to college one day and have a STEM career of some sort when they graduate.
I know that one day they'll be doctors, psychologists, rocket scientists, engineers, digital animators, authors, and more because they are SO passionate about what they want to do one day!
This year, my students are especially PASSIONATE about reading, and specifically, reading about different cultures so they can be more INCLUSIVE! I have already had so much interest from them about books simply because some of them have not had access to them for a LONG time! I can't wait to see all they learn through these unique viewpoints!
Giving students the ability to read a story that they can personally connect with makes ALL the difference when trying to "infect" our students with the reading bug! During Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) would be the optimal time to introduce a new diversity read into the classroom.
Good books will teach our students to be accepting of diversity, inclusion, and kindness, which our world desperately needs today!
By giving our STEM students the opportunity to connect with others that are different than them gives them the ability to gain an invaluable skill; empathy. Something our world needs more today than ever before!
That is why I know that the book I am requesting, Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson, is the right choice to start my students on a journey of learning to both embrace their roots, AND seek new possibilities!
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