My children's' enthusiasm and contagious love of learning deserve to get their voices heard! My school is located in a low income part of Miami and is comprised highly of recently immigrated students from such countries as Argentina, Venezuela, the Philippines, Cuba and Ecuador. Though they do not come from wealthy backgrounds, these students are truly full of a strong desire for knowledge and step up to the plate when given challenges, both academically and in their home life.
My students are phenomenal readers! I practically can't keep up with buying enough books to satisfy their needs for all of the genres out there! And, that in of itself is of course a blessing. To help the children learn to communicate and discuss books with others, I have tried to start a book club within the class where the children can write book reports on the books they have read. However the reports lie dormant in the book report folder since it generally does not attract attention (except for those few kind souls who take a gander at it out of complete sympathy to me). Even when I make my daily announcement to "Please check out the recommendations from other students so you can discover a new book you might be interested in!", I'm greeted with shrugs and "Okay, Ms. Thomas. I'll do it later. Promise."
After researching what other classroom teachers have done in the past to help get the children excited about sharing books and helping them become more vocal about their interest in particular types of books, I discovered that a rotating bookshelf is a great resource to use. The children choose their top "Pick of the Month" for a book and then write an opinion about the book on an accompanying flashcard. The flashcard is pinned on the outside cover of the book. Then, each child is assigned one shelf on the book cart. Each week, I will give the children a time to look through the cart and compare books, discuss which books and authors made the "Top Pick", and simply enjoy the autonomy of being an active reader with ideas to share with others.
Any and all help you give to our classroom will be a life source for my students. The books I provide them throughout the year provide them with an opportunity to travel to other parts in time and places- time and places they would never otherwise have the chance to visit. These children have learned to CHERISH books. My hope is to teach them to be more active readers and share the knowledge and excitement they receive from books with others. This book cart would do that by providing them a very large, visual representation of their voice being heard, which would be actively used weekly.
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