The Spirit of Reading
My teaching role is to provide reading support in small groups in a K-5 school. I love, love, love what I do. I help my students become better readers, writers, and thinkers. We read books. We talk about our thinking. We write about our thinking. It’s almost that simple. As best I can, I help kids and their families develop a literacy routine at home. It’s easy for some kids – I just help connect them with books. I often see myself as just the “middleman”. For other kids, it’s not so easy. They’ve got other things going on at home and it’s a struggle to get them to fall in love with reading. However, I consider this a challenge and my life’s work!
One of my second graders gave me one of those moments today that affirm my belief in the power of books and reading. S has missed a lot of school this year. He prefers video games over books. He even prefers video games over sleep – he’s been known to fall asleep during the school day. Well, after our lesson today, S turned to Y and reminded him to read at home tonight. As we were walking back to class S turned to me and said, “I believe in the spirit of reading!” We’ve never talked about this spirit, but heck, I’ll believe in it too!