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Friday, October 22, 2010

I Wish They Knew...


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.



12 comments:

  1. I am WITH you on this one! It's so easy to get caught up in all that teacher jargon when really, in fact, we want them to love learning. I need to make sure I communicate that with my students too and take time to hear what they have to say. They're only little once. :)

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  2. I love this as a soon to be teacher :)

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  3. Ahhh, love this! I really should be a reading teacher...

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  4. i love watching when reading 'clicks' for my kids.....what a precious gift you are giving those children you teach~!

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  5. Cubby is in first grade and to see him getter better by the day with is reading is CRAZY!! I loooove it!! Dr. Seuss.....bring it on!

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  6. Nothing better than seeing those "ah-ha" moments as a teacher! Bless you for the job you're doing!

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  8. You are a wonderful teacher.

    When someone can read, there are infinite open doors.

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  9. the girl in pink shorts remind me of my Weight Loss Program that didn't work...lol

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  10. Very often our children have become our idol, the center of our activity.

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