I teach reading in high school. My students have failed reading tests year after year after year. The love of reading has been tested out of them! It is my passion to give back to my students a love of reading. All children come to school thrilled to learn to read. As soon as they learn enough to decode we begin testing them. All children learn to read in their own time. Some take longer to master comprehension. Unfortunately, we begin testing so early that some experience "failure" early on. How many people like to do a thing at which they continually fail?
i build the love of reading back into my students by allowing them to choose that which they want to read. That choice is the key. My kids know how to use the net to find books they want to read. They come to me and make requests. In fact, students from other classes in our school come to me making rquests for books! I order the books they choose, and when the books arrive it's like Christmas.
As you can imagine, I spend $$$ buying novels. We need help supplying my students with great books. Please help my kids to become readers and lifelong learners.