"It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth reading - something that will stretch their imaginations, something that will help them make sense of their own lives and encourage them to reach out toward people whose lives are quite different from their own."
This quote is from Katherine Patterson, and it says exactly what I feel.
I am a second grade self-contained teacher at a Title I public school. My district, as a whole, is experiencing difficulty in tailoring the reading program to each individual student. We are trying to use differentiated instruction to reach all students. There are students who will continue to be non-readers and writers if we do not reach them quickly. We also want to create responsible members of society.
The seat sacks will help each student to be more responsible for items that need to go home to enhance learning. I usually have my students separate daily classwork from homework. There are also important notes and messages that go home on a daily basis. Communication between the school, teacher, and parents is key.
Parental Involvement is very important in students' learning.
My students take home daily reading and math assignments to enforce what was taught in class each day. We also have a school-wide communication folder and agenda/planner that each student has to bring home everyday. Parents can send notes, view daily behavior, and get a glimpse of what we learned in a day. I have my students keep this information in the seat sack, and it has to get emptied before he/she can leave for the day.
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