I ring the bell and it was the second grade class’s turn to enter the library for the very first time. “Welcome to all!” we said happily. In the middle of this beautiful group of kids was Mareli, 7 years-old. She immediately captivated us with her dark eyes and slight figure.
“Hi, how are you?” I asked. “I’m well,” she said timidly. I noticed right away that Mareli wasn't very communicative.
When we started to work with her and her classmates on the “Metacognition” strategy in April of 2015, Mareli didn’t raise her hand to participate in the activities. Nor did she share her thoughts. Her classroom teacher said she didn’t speak very well, she didn’t understand quickly what she was being told, couldn’t read and couldn’t yet write.
It’s been a year now since we’ve been working with her in Living Libraries and Mareli has grown! She surprises us with her desire to participate, her deep comments, her creative ideas and reflections, her constant reading and her increased communication with the whole group. Not only that, Mareli spends every recess in the library looking for a new book, and above all the “Hombre Mosca” series!
Thanks Mareli for filling us with brightness and hope!