Thoughts and Ideas

Creating Readers: Response

After reading Creative Readers, all I could this was this is great. I want to talk about a couple of my favorite parts of this interview.

Do you have special strategies for helping students with learning disabilities “meet the right book,” when they find reading to be such a chore?\

Becoming a teacher, this question is so important because we will all have a student with a learning disability at one point or another. She says that students need to feel they are successful at reading early on. This is so important because it is the being of a path. Students cannot avoid reading. Any job they go into, they will have to read something. Whether it is a textbook, instructions, or a note from the boss, they will need to read. If these feel they are successful at it, they won’t mind reading. Hopefully, they will enjoy it! At the end of her response for this question, she says her goal is to have the child finish one book and when they finish that book, they celebrate it! This will encourage them to read more and more and finish more and more books!

Please give us a list of the top 5 things that you do to inspire children to read.

The list she gives us are great for teachers to keep in mind for their classroom. One thing I think is so important is point #2, “I share my personal love of reading, model my reading, and talk about the books.” Teachers have one of the biggest influences on a child’s life because they are together so much. If you don’t like to do something, the kid will not want to do that either. This can be applied in every subject. Say you hate Mathematics. When you are teaching it, you don’t wanna say “Oh, I hate math”. If you hate math, they will become less and less interested and not even try anymore.

Overall, this interview had a lot of great points.

Until next time,

-Rachel

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Celebrate This Week

Celebrate This Week: Week 1

Every weekend share a celebration. It can be anything (or several things). A photo, a page from your writer’s notebook, a favorite lesson, a success story, student writing, a recipe, a new book for your classroom library — just find something to celebrate. It doesn’t have to be big, in fact, unlikely celebrations are some of our favorites. Check out the posts from the first official CELEBRATE This Week link-up. They are filled with inspiration!

I chose this meme because, to me, it is so important to look at what you have and be grateful for it. This allows you to look back on the week and see what made you happy or should be celebrated.

This week I wanted to celebrate a homework assignment that I thought I failed but I PASSED! We’ve all had that feeling right?

This week, I had to write a journal about reading the bible. This is for my Literature of the Bible class. I didn’t know much about the stories of the bible before I started this course..However, I have found the best way to read it is like a fiction book rather than a religious story. I have never understood the stories of the bible until now.

Just like every story, you have a couple questions. Some can be answered and some cannot. I asked these in my journal and made some observations from another book we are reading.

I thought I was doing this whole assignment wrong and I was going to have to redo it but, one day, I get an email. It is from the assignments board on the course site. I got a passing grade and a nice comment saying “Excellent work”!

Just shows, try not to doubt yourself because you never know the outcome until it presents itself.. so stop worrying!

Hope everyone else had a good week!

Until next time,

-Rachel