Martha Bello

Posted by Russell Brackett on December 3, 2014 3:09 PM

Area of Emphasis: Reading and Language

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Martha Bello is a second grade teacher in the Konocti Unified School District and is currently in her 11th year teaching. Martha enrolled in the Reading and Language MA program at SSU with the goal of becoming a better teacher. She wanted to discover the best ways to help children learn and to help guide others in her school and district to focus on the child rather than the curriculum.

For her Reading and Language master's project, Martha studied what happens when students choose their own books for reading groups, and observed increases in learner engagement and motivation for interacting with books. Differentiated reading groups is one way to assist students at their current reading level and teach them the strategies required to read increasingly difficult texts. The purpose of this study is to determine how students' views of themselves as readers change when given the opportunity to choose authentic text during differentiated reading groups.