As an educator in southeast Texas, my students are faced with challenges that affect their education and home lives. We reside in a community where less than 50% of the population is educated, and even fewer live above poverty level. Despite the odds against them, my students enter our classrooms seeking solutions to their problems and ways to make the world better. My students are wondrous, curious, and innovative thinkers.
I teach my students that they are not limited to where they come from.
As their English Language Arts teacher, I provide the opportunity to explore worlds and perspectives they may never have encountered without books. I work diligently to create an environment conducive to learning and exploring the world.
I received a $100 budget this school year which was utilized to stock supplies lost from Hurricane Harvey. To create an environment conducive to learning, I would like to provide a comfortable space for my students to explore our collection of novels. By sponsoring this project, you will assist me in using a holistic method of education.
This rug and comfortable chairs, if funded, will provide a space that is not common in our schools. This area will be inviting and support independent silent reading in our classroom library. Unfortunately, socioeconomic factors can lead to tremendous disparities in access to books at home. Therefore, we are urged to create access at school.
By providing a reading nook, I will improve my students' reading habits, strengthen literacy and increase their interest in reading.
Studies have shown that children are more likely to visit classroom libraries and actively participate in them when they are physically attractive. A number of design
features have been identified as important including partitions, ample space, comfortable furnishings and open-faced and traditional bookcases. Bookshelves or other barriers on at least two sides help to set the library apart, giving children a sense of privacy and providing a quiet, cozy setting for reading. There should be room to accommodate about 4 or 5 children at a time. Pillows, carpeting, bean bag chairs, plants, and flowers all help to create a comfortable atmosphere for reading.Open-faced bookshelves display the covers of the books, and naturally attract children to the library; traditional bookshelves, carts, and baskets hold multiple copies of books for children to read to each other.
I implore you to please assist me in nurturing a literacy rich environment.
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