My students need access to high quality reading material that is accessible and relevant to them. With your help, high-interest series like OnePiece, Matched, and the March series could (re)kindle their love for reading.
I teach at a high school with roughly 2,400 students, and last year's data indicates that 49% did not pass the reading portion of our state test. Literacy is a school-wide concern, and one of my primary concerns is ensuring that all 165 of my students have access to literary works that they feel represented by and connected to. After all, reading is a skill and we can't get better at any skill without diligent practice. Last week, I introduced my students to the practice of DIR (Daily Independent Reading) in which they choose a self-selected book from our class library to read for 10 minutes every class and monitor their reading progress.
Today, I was met at the door with an overwhelming number of them excitedly asking if we would be reading today!
My students are very eager to read, especially books that are representative of and accessible to their diversities. They deserve, not only to increase their literacy, but also to develop and foster positive relationships with reading.
I work at a high-poverty high school and 49% of our students did not pass the reading portion of our state test last year. One of my goals is to help my students develop and foster positive relationships with reading. In my class, we practice DIR (Daily Independent Reading) for 10 minutes every day. After all, we can't get any better without practice, right?
In order to ensure that all 165 of my students have access to literary works that they feel represented by and connected to, I need to cultivate a broad and inclusive classroom library.
I already have a good start, but as a first-year teacher, could use some help. My students are very enthusiastic about DIR and have even made requests for the types of books they'd like access to in our class library. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you.
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