I'm back at work this year as a reading teacher and I love it more than anything I've ever done. I love seeing children learn to read and having a part in making that happen. But there are times (like today) and there are children where this is especially difficult. There are things I wish they knew, but I can't always tell them.
There is SO much more to reading than comprehension questions, literacy strategies and the level of the book you're on.
That I make mistakes when I read stories out loud to my son and I don't go back and self-correct. I keep on reading...just like you do.
I worry that my "instruction" and comprehension assessment may take all of the joy out of your reading.
These are just a few things I think they should know, but most importantly I want them to know that their struggles with reading and their reading level DOES NOT define them as a person.
They are children with big hearts, sweet smiles, passions for horses and racecars. They are so much more to me than accuracy percentages, self-correction ratios, and reading levels. They are real people. And we will get there...it may take months or possibly even years, but we will work through their struggles and try to do it without breaking their spirits. I hope they know I feel this way.