This is our second year as an elementary school and the culture of finding a way or making one is stronger. Our school is growing and my returning students were with us when we barely had enough books to call it a library.
My students come from many different backgrounds and are mostly African American and Latino students.
They know what it's like to not have materials at school, but they continue to have grit. I could call off the statistics stacked against them but that is not their reality. My students work the hardest they can to learn and show it through their constant push to be better than the day before.
As their teacher, I simply want to give them every opportunity to grow and break barriers that shouldn't exist in society, let alone in their school, in their community, and in their homes. Yes, every child will learn no matter the circumstance, but if we can find a way to give them something that can make their learning that much easier, accessible, tangible, just imagine how much more they will learn.
In first grade, students see the most growth in reading and it is extremely important for them to have every opportunity to read. I teach a population of students that may not be able to afford books at home which affects their growth in reading. In order to get better at reading, students need books. Our school has a limited library for students to borrow books from and the books are not on their independent reading level.
The more opportunities they have to read, the more they become better readers.
It has always been said that students who have more books at home are better readers than those that don't. This is because they have more materials to practice with. The reading library will eliminate that disparity that exists in my classroom. Students will be able to borrow books to read at home every day and the books will be at their reading level to give them perfect practice to grow. My students deserve a chance to become exceptional readers and to have a love of reading.
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