Battle for Books
Organized by: Jessica Woll
For those of you who don't know me, or are unfamiliar with my background, I am a public school teacher in a low-income community. I teach bilingual education, meaning, in my case, all of my students are native Spanish speakers. For the past two years, my students performance academically has been significantly higher in math than reading. As a result, as I enter my third year of teaching, I have made literacy my focus. Throughout the summer, I have been diving into professional development books to prepare for the upcoming year. While I've come away with many valuable ideas, there has been one key takeaway that I keep coming back to: For kids to improve as readers, they need to read.
That seems like commonsense, right? Unfortunately, making meaningful reading happen in the context of a school is much more complex than it should be. The challenge starts with access to books. For students to find success in reading that not only motivates them to pick up a book, but also pushes their ability, students need access to a wide range of texts (fiction, non-fiction, magazines, etc.) that are at their level. The difficulty becomes even more profound when you consider that my students, as bilingual students, need access to texts in both English and Spanish.
I was the type of kid who would consume books, like most kids consume pizza and ice cream. I remember hiding under my covers with a flashlight to finish a book, saving money for the school book fair, and being happy to be sent to my room as punishment, because it meant I got to read. I want my students to love books like I did and still do. To achieve that goal though, I need a classroom library that is robust enough to meet my students diverse learning needs and to inspire true excitement around reading. Your donation will be used to build this library! Once the books have been purchased and are in use, you'll receive a newsletter updating you on their impact in my classroom.
Thank you, from me and my students, for your support!