Reading to Change the World: One Classroom at a Time
My students need to experience the comfort, joy, and excitement of listening/reading a book with rich vocabulary, culturally relevant characters, and engaging illustrations that spark their imagination.
Throughout the day I am fortunate enough to support over 30 students who have special learning needs at my school. My classroom is filled with fourth, fifth, and sixth graders who need extra support in reading and math. Our school receives Title 1 funding and 100% of my students receive free and reduced lunch. The community we reside in is an under-served area of Tulsa, Oklahoma and the challenges within the community run parallel with our school. Despite these challenges my students, families, and school community show resilience and grit everyday.
My students are full of joy and have a strong desire to learn new things!
Everyday I learn something new from my students as they bring laughter and life into my classroom. Many of my students are working multiple grade levels behind and the time they spend in my classroom is vital to their growth. My students know that it takes hard work to succeed and they are willing to put in that work everyday!
Students enter my classroom often having never experienced the comfort and joy of consistently being read to. So often reading experiences in school are riddled with the pressure of high stakes tests or mastering objectives. With these added layers, my students rarely get to take the time to simply enjoy a story.
My goal is to provide students with meaningful read-aloud experiences that are filled with culturally rich stories and social-emotional themes that open up students to the joy of reading.
In this project I am asking for 50 picture books that span diverse backgrounds, histories, and experiences. My students need stories that they can identify with, learn from, and connect with emotionally. In my special education classroom, I will be committing 10 minutes a day for reading to my students. During this time students will not have to feel the pressure of sounding out words or mastering grade level standards. The read alouds will be an opportunity for students to joyfully engage in literature and build connections with others and themselves through a book.
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