My name is Celina Bondie and I teach at a high school. My students are over 90% low income and come from predominantly Hispanic and Latino backgrounds. They are incredibly dedicated and intelligent individuals. They are motivated to further their own learning and they are determined to come to school everyday to become global citizens. I have students that participate in extracurriculars such as cheerleading, robotics club, printmaking, and music. They are driven to be successful and to give back to their communities. Sometimes we struggle with attendance when the seasons begin to change and they become overworked and overwhelmed with their school work and classes. Otherwise, these are some of the most wonderful individuals you will ever have a chance to meet.
Everyday during the first five minutes of class my students read silently books of their choosing. My students also read for fifteen minutes every night for homework. Most of the texts that they gravitate toward are young adult literature. Students often finish these books in a matter of a few weeks. As the students finish the books quickly they ask for the next book in the series. My students have been requesting these books recently because they are fascinated with the stories. With these texts they will continue to read and will further improve their reading fluency, speed, and comprehension.
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