My students are a diverse group of 165 7th graders who came from about 10 different elementary schools in the area. They are a wonderful mix of 12-13 year olds from a variety of socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds.
Since I am a science teacher, I like to find books related to my field that might spark the reader's interest for a moment or a lifetime.
In addition to technology, students need reference books and quality reading material that is varied and accessible. Some studies show that students learn more deeply when they use print resources as compared to accessing material on a screen.
Many students like to be able to flip through pages, getting an general idea of a book's content. Others get hooked in and keep coming back to a certain book when they have free time. After distance learning ends, perhaps even more will be drawn to the delight of exploring through books.
It is always nice to have a wide selection of books available for students to browse through or borrow during quiet study/ reading times.
My classroom library is one way to offer learning opportunities for students' unique interests.
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