I teach four sections of 10th grade English and two Creative Writing classes. My students all offer so much to my classroom, and grant me the opportunity to learn through them daily. They all live diverse lives with many stories, experiences, struggles, and life lessons to share. Some of these young souls have experienced way more in their 16 years on earth than I could ever imagine having to strive through. But yet they do. They still come to school. They still put forth effort. They still yearn to learn.
I could never place into words the admiration, gratitude, respect, or understanding I have for my students.
They continually amaze me, everyday. With all that they endure, they still walk through my classroom door, and return the smile that I give to them. They are imperfect teenagers, in an imperfect world. Through it all, my students are always pushing forward, gaining knowledge and understanding, of what it truly means to leave their mark on the world.
I need students to understand that it's not that they hate reading, they just haven't read the right book. Too often students make presumptions on reading, because they've only ever read books that have been assigned to them in class. Books they are "made" to read. I want to open them up to books that speak the language of their world. Novels that offer a story they can relate to.
I need to grow their love of reading.
I need them to know there is a whole world of books, waiting for them. Telling their story. Understanding their struggles. Reading is needed. Reading is fundamental. Reading is not an option.
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