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You Can Turn my Readers into Leaders

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THE STORY:

I want my students to be able to not only read books that they will feel successful when reading, but also pick subjects that interest them.

For my extremely low readers these books provide an opportunity for them to finally have a book at their independent reading level. Providing opportunities for them to be successful is essential in reinvesting them in the hard work they have ahead to catch up to their affluent peers.

The presentation technology purchase of the clicker, and speakers will allow my students to speak about the books they are reading and give book presentations. This component of reading is crucially important for my students because they lack self-esteem and confidence in their literacy. When they have the opportunity to speak and present in public, they will gain speaking confidence and personal self-esteem. My readers will become leaders!

Every day I hear my students struggle with reading. The stutters, mispronunciations, and misunderstandings are painful for me to hear. However, the biggest struggle is knowing that my students are not confident in themselves because they are not confident in their reading and speaking. In order to unleash their potential to be the leaders of tomorrow in their communities, state, and nation, we must develop my students' ability to read and communicate with confidence.

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