As a teacher in a low-income area in Houston, my students face struggles in and out of the classroom. With the recent devastation of Hurricane Harvey, many students lost their homes, uniforms and supplies. Some of my students are still displaced after almost seven months. It is my job to make the classroom a home away from home. Also, many students are 1-3 years as a ESL (English as a Second Language) student. Despite the challenges, all of my students are eager and willing to learn to his or her potential.
Many students move around from parent to parent or family member throughout the school year.
We have students that are considered "homeless" and all are on the free and reduced breakfast/lunch program. Students seek stability and find it in my reading classroom.
The rugs I have requested will be used to create an area where students can choose a book from the classroom library and just READ. I have also requested a class set of the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Many times students lose their love of reading or never find it because his/her reading is chosen by the teacher. In my classroom, I still have to choose some of the reading, but I want to foster a love for reading. When students can make the choices like an area to sit or lie on the floor and pick the book, it is more of a buy-in for the students.
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