Former Student Inspires "Daley" Lesson

Former Student Inspires

Inspired by conversations with Class of 2010 alumna Samantha Daley, high school English teacher Gregory Kguloian developed an Accountable Independent Reading program for his sophomore class.

“Talking with Samantha gave me the opportunity to revisit the way my class assignments have been delivered, received and remembered by students,” Kguloian said. “I want to help the students in my class see that the lessons they learn are designed to connect to and build their awareness of the world around them, and to prepare them for success as they transition into the next grade. I also want each young person to know that it isn’t only educators who can inspire and motivate their pupils. Teachers can also be influenced by their students.”

In this AIR unit, each student chose their own young adult book of more than 200 pages to read, took detailed notes in a reading journal and then shared interesting information that they learned with their classroom peers via verbal reviews.

“I think the books we read recently in this program are better than the earlier ones,” said student Kristina Fiumara. “With this unit, we branched out and learned what our interests are, not just what we are supposed to read for school.”