Reading is my world and what better way to live my life but to teach reading to amazing students each day. I work in an amazing suburban school district that has more than 70% of students receiving free or reduced lunches. I teach 46 awesome students how to read, how to comprehend what they are reading, and try to get them all to LOVE reading the way I do. Each day, I teach two different classes, filled with both typically developing third grade students as well as students with disabilities in a co-teaching setting.
I strive to get each student, no matter how advanced or behind they are, to learn and grow from where they started.
My goal is to make sure no matter what socioeconomic background they come from, they are provided with the same opportunities as students from other districts. I do this by creating a warm, inviting environment filled with materials and resources that would reach all students. I never want my students to go without so I am always seeking opportunities obtain resources any way I can!
My language arts blocks are filled with so much differentiation so that I can make sure each student, no matter their level, are getting exactly what they need. I manage this by implementing “Daily Five” in which I pull small groups back to work with them on their reading level, while the other students choose from five activities- including “Read to Self” “Work on Writing” “Read with Someone” “Listen to Reading” and “Word Work.” These activities require me to make sure I have plenty of resources including a classroom library full of books, flexible seating for them to choose and sit in, and materials for them to practice their spelling words on while I’m working with groups at small guiding reading group tables.
With that said, this project will provide them with a variety of flexible seating options, more books to fill our classroom library, a charging station for our Chromebooks, and white boards to practice their spelling words on.
The flexible seating option (the bungee chairs) make it so that my students are comfortable while working on their independent work. The biography books will not only be a great addition to my classroom library,but will also be used during our end-of-the-year Wax Museum writing project. When my students choose "Word Work" it is their opportunity to practice phonics and spelling skills so the white boards would be great to use to practice on.
All of my students would directly benefit from this project as they would all have opportunities throughout the day to sit in the flexible seating. Their Chromebooks for "Listen to Reading" will have a home and a place to be charged. They also would all have the opportunity to choose the books to read during “Read to Self” and “Read with Someone."
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