Help me give my students a rich and varied reading experience in our classroom library.
This project expired on December 24, 2019.
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Although my school is in the heart of Silicon Valley, most of my students come from hard working, often first generation, immigrant families. My classroom is rich with multiple languages and students with varying abilities. I have three non-English speakers and twelve English language emergent learners. I have five special needs learners. My students work hard to be the best they can be. We work collaboratively, respectfully, and support and encourage each other to take academic risks. My students are learning the practice and benefits of a growth mindset. We journal almost daily about ways in which we can change our mindsets from, “I won’t try because I’m afraid of making mistakes,” to “Mistakes are ok and help my brain grow.”
I want to create a classroom library experience that better represents the cultural diversity in my classroom. Having a mix of both English and Spanish fiction novels to choose from validates the cultural mix in my room. Spanish speaking students will feel validated by having rich Spanish text to choose from during our literacy block. My English learners always appreciate and are eager to read new novels. All students in my classroom will benefit from an expanded classroom library that encompasses a full spectrum of leveled reading books, as well as accessible text for my Spanish speakers. I need more books to keep my students motivated to read. The more my students read, the more they learn. Spanish texts will keep my Spanish speakers motivated to read while they work hard to learn English.
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