Knights of TomorrowSubmitted By: Steven Buchan
My Students: Our educational choice, Knights of Tomorrow, is an educational concept where male students go to their core classes with all male students. The idea is to offer male students instruction in a way that most young men can grasp. Our teachers design instruction that is geared for competition, active movement, and visual aids.
My Project: The 2017 -2018 was our inaugural year and we made significant gains in the area of math and reading. In reading we went from 6% of our boys passing the 6th grade STAAR to 74% in 7th grade and 33% in math to an 88% passing rate. For this mini grant today I would like to focus on the reading. What we found last year was that it wasn’t that the students couldn’t read. It was that the boys didn’t want to read the passages and books that we were presenting to them. So we changed our mindset and began looking for novels and short stories that were based on the interests of our young men. What we found was that the boys showed interest in mysteries, sports, and science fiction. We began our new outlook by offering the book, Holes. The students embraced the book about boys with similar preteen life struggles as their own.
My Students Need: This year we would like to offer them more choice and opportunity in there reading endeavor. I was fortunate this summer to have a local realtor sell my house and she donated 20 books to our educational choice. We would like to buy 15 more of this book called, The Crossover, by Kwame Alexander. The Crossover is a story about a boy named Josh and his twin brother Jordan who are awesome on the basketball court, but Josh has more than basketball in his blood, he's got the gift of song, as well. This family's story is written in verse, and is a fast and furious middle grade novel of family and brotherhood. Josh and Jordan must come to grips with growing up on and off the basketball court to realize breaking the rules comes at a terrible price, as their story's heart-stopping climax proves to be a game-changer in the end. It is books like this that get the boys attention to read and prepares them by sharpening their skills with a piece of literature in which they enjoy. With your generous donation our boys would have enough novels for one whole class set. Using relevant literature that the young men like to read will continue to grow the boys in their educational career.