As a teacher in a low-income/high poverty school district, my students are faced with several challenges both in and out of the classroom. Despite the many challenges they face, I am looking to keep things simple and provide my students with creative and meaningful learning experiences.
My students are creative, clever, very spontaneous, and love to laugh.
They enjoy reading and technology, and lots of positive attention. Many of them are being raised in single parent households and receive a free lunch based on their socioeconomic status. These things may prevent them from getting ahead early in life and may not provide them with the life experiences many of us see as "typical."
From the minute they walk in the door of my classroom, I focus on their potential and growth while they are with me. I may not be able to control their home lives; however, I can certainly control their experience during the school day. By doing this in a creative and positive way, I am hoping to inspire all learners to continue on a path of academic excellence.
It has been more than 20 years since that boy wizard with a scar on his forehead entered our world through the pages of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." My students will be captivated with Harry's adventures and his confrontations with the evil wizard Voldemort.
I want my students to experience the amazing story of friendship, coming of age, redemption, and good versus evil.
I have witnessed this series transform the reading lives of children first hand in my 5th-grade class. Harry Potter transforms nonreaders into avid readers and continues to hold the attention of the most advanced reader. Please help me by donating so I may have an updated set of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" for my classroom.
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