Our school includes a large variety of students from various countries all over the world. One hundred percent of the students at my school qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, and we are a school-wide recipient of Title I funds.
One of my favorite parts of my job is seeing the change that my students undergo over the course of the year.
I am fortunate enough to see kids develop ways to express kindness each and every day. They use manners that weren't present in August. I have seen students who loathed reading turn into book lovers. A great part is hearing students say that math is their favorite subject because that was not true for me as a child.
My classroom is full of faces and personalities that will impact our future world. As a teacher, I believe it is my job to do everything I can to make sure that impact will be a positive impact.
Our school is fortunate to have many county programs, church volunteers, parents, and other community members come and read to students. Sometimes they read to a class, but more often than not they are able to read one on one with a student. That student not only gets their attention, but they get to read and talk to someone about the story one on one.
These bins of books will be set up and labeled for easy access for volunteers with a variety of books for each grade level while still allowing for student choice once they get together.
Any volunteer can grab a bucket, then still allow the student reader the pick what they want to read. So many times in school things must be read to address standards or content. When a child gets a reader volunteer though, this is a time to read for enjoyment, read for pleasure, and read to learn to love reading more!
This collection of books that I am requesting are award winners, common student favorites, as well as many books that specifically show different races to include and broaden all student's horizons. I want a mix of text that will appeal to all of our kids. These are bins that will be re-used for years to come. We have students in our building from 7:30 am - 6 pm, so these books will be used immediately and for the long run. As students become better readers, they will be able to select books from different buckets keeping things fresh and new.
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