Many 10th graders already have their mind made up whether they’re a reader or not before they walk into my classroom. I would like to challenge their assumptions and get them to pick up a book and put down the phone (if only for an hour). Continued reading can lead to increased vocabulary and enables my students (from a small town) to engage in larger ideas and think about their views. I think that the struggle to get students to read can be helped (even the smallest bit) with an attractive reading space.
I believe that a continued interest in reading keeps student minds growing and expands their horizons, no matter where they might live. I am hoping to keep literacy alive in my 10th grade ELA classroom with a classroom library! I would like to make a space to show students that reading can be a fun/relaxing way to escape reality... even in high school.
I believe it takes one book to create a lifelong reader, so I am creating this classroom library in hopes that I can get my students reading on their own.
I remember in my childhood always wanting to sit in the beanbags in my English teacher’s classrooms to get lost in whatever I was reading. I would like to provide this same type of space for my students. I have chosen these types of flexible seating (bean bags and floor pillows) to appeal to students and their comfort level. I am hoping that by offering comfort my students will be able to concentrate more effectively on their independent reading time.
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