As a first year teacher, this fall I will be teaching English Language Arts to a group of 17 fourth graders, and 37 sixth graders. From what I know already, this is a very diverse group of students. One thing I know for sure is that I want to feel as confident in myself and in my classroom, as I feel about my students.
My goal is to have a library full of books my students WANT to read so I can help foster a life-long love for books and reading.
It is important to me that I provide a safe and nurturing learning environment with the necessary tools to support my students during our year together.
It is important that students are reading literature that is applicable to their lives and experiences, but it is also important that they are exposed to books that help them understand the point of view of characters who have different experiences, beliefs, backgrounds, etc.
I would love to provide my students with a diverse library of books that are relevant to their lives, but that also open their eyes to the issues that happen or have happened, in the world they live in.
During our year together, we are going to cover a range of genres and topics, and it is important that my library meets those standards. But it is also important that I have books that interest the personal preferences of my students.
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