I got into teaching to disrupt systems that I feel are detrimental to the uplifting of marginalized communities. Systems that worked against me in school, and which only my privilege helped me overcome.
I teach some of the most vibrant, passionate, dedicated sixth graders.
My job is hard, but my kids are worth the effort. I see so much of myself in them, and I am determined to ensure that their zip code does not determine their destiny.
The research says that the best way to empower kids is to make them better readers, and I know that the best way to get better at reading is by (wait for it) reading. I want to continue filling the shelves in my classroom with books that serve as both mirrors and windows for my students: they can see themselves reflected in the characters and experiences, and they can learn about characters and experiences different from them. I need your help to realize this goal.
Literacy is access, and graphic novels are literacy. Help me get my kids to love reading! Right now the school library has a strict no-borrowing policy for graphic novels because they’re so popular they can’t keep them on the shelves. The only students allowed to check them out are eighth graders, which puts my sixth graders in a bind. Having graphic novels in my classroom library would give them another access point. For them, reading graphic novels provides a communal aspect to reading, as they often will share the novels with a teammate as they read. And often, they will be more willing to attempt a chapter book after feeling successful reading a graphic novel.
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