I work with students who come from various backgrounds, many of whom are English Language Learners from low-income families who have the drive to learn. These students are friendly and love to be engaged and immersed in the English language and our school culture.
Many of my students have limited access to opportunities due to family structure and responsibilities.
Many of them are beginning a new life in this country and deal with isolation, transition, and adjustment to the expectations of a new culture and school system.
As a reading teacher, my main goal this year to have my students LOVE reading. In order to active this goal, one of the ideas I have is to create a reading lounge where students feel comfortable, safe and productive. I would love to set a routine where the first 10-15 minutes of each lesson is independent reading. Our goal for this school year is to read 40 books independently.
The first obstacle I aim to overcome is the false reputation about reading; I want my students to look cool with a book and to feel proud of their identity as readers.
Our classroom is also used as a satellite breakfast / lunch room hosting other students from other classes. I would love my students to grab a book from the shelf, get a drink from our classroom fridge and settle in a comfy chair with their friends. Creating a safe and quiet space in our room will facilitate their motivation to read.
As educator, I always wish the best for my students as I would wish for my own kids. Therefore, I want to create a space where my students will feel proud, loved and protected.
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