My students need a diverse and purposeful classroom library. My goal is to fill our library with read alouds that are culturally connected, teach character education, and inspire creativity.
My students are energetic and hardworking! They bring a happy climate to our classroom and encourage me to be the best teacher for them. They enjoy hands-on activities, engaging centers, and themed days. I love to see their grit during difficult activities and their celebration after their perseverance.
The relationships I have created with my students and their parents are what makes them special!
I will be looping up with half of my students to a brand new school. This year is special because although we will be moving to a new school climate, our classroom community support will travel together.
Focused purposeful read alouds are the goal for my classroom library. Although students have freedom to choose books in my classroom, they are lacking the access to books that have been purposefully placed to teach diversity and character. Reflection and representation in a classroom library allow students to see themselves within the pages of a book. I have selected books that are reflective of Hispanic-Mexican culture. Culturally reflective titles help shape student identity and allow students to see themselves within the stories' plots.
If students can culturally identify in books, then it's also important for them to be able to see into the lives of others.
This year, my class will be joining the Global Read Aloud, where we will explore books with an "emphasis on perspective, on understanding others, on connecting and change". We will be connecting with other classrooms through Google Hangouts to discuss the books written by indigenous writers, Julie Flett and Monique Gray Smith.
Character education is another priority for my classroom library. Books have the power to shape young minds. They can instill kindness, teach empathy, and inspire perseverance. Maria Dismondy is a focus author whose books tell about kindness, courage, friendship, empathy, and standing up for others. Purposeful read alouds expose students to messages that create and establish the classroom climate and student mindset.
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