In school, I remember 3rd grade being a definitive year for language arts because we did a Flat Stanley project and a Willy Wonka project. They both kept me engaged and motivated. They are the reasons I create exciting projects that integrate reading and writing in my own classroom. In 4th grade I recall learning how to write stories and writing fiction stories on my own over the weekends. My writing teacher was hard on me, but it taught me to be critical of my own writing and to reevaluate and revise.
I began reading books such as The Babysitter's Club series, Star Wars series, Thoroughbred series, Beverly Cleary books, Nancy Drew series, and many others. I devoured books still at this age!
As I reached high school my interest in reading began to lessen. I read simply to pass a course and sometimes did not even read those. I remember I did not read the book, 1984, and still managed to make a B on that test. I did well in writing, making excellent grades on essays and reports. The books that I did read that saved me were Harry Potter series and Lord of the Rings series. They revived my love of reading.
As an adult I read for pleasure and to further my skills as an ELAR teacher. I don't read as often as I'd like to thanks to Netflix and pure exhaustion everyday. I also write for pleasure. I mainly write text messages and emails, but also write thank you letters, stories for my students to model for them, and thoughts and prayers in a journal. Since I had my son 7 years ago, I have experienced numbness in my legs and hands. I have seen 20 doctors over the years and undergone numerous tests, but they have not reached a diagnosis. Writing by hand is at times painful and difficult without full function, so typing is my preferred form of communication. I am currently reading the latest Harry Potter book- The Cursed Child.
"It's the job that's never started as takes longest to finish." J.R.R. Tolkien. The more opportunities we give to students to read and write, the more they will flourish.
I consider myself knowledgeable about technology. I have an Iphone 6s and am up to date on all the apps that the students are using. I like to be aware of what they are talking about and they enjoy it when I'm able to join in conversations!
I use technology in my classroom daily. I have a smartboard, ipads, and laptops. We are a very fortunate campus! I use Google Classroom, the Google Drive for storing and collecting everything, and many apps for literacy stations. I use email throughout the day, professionally and personally. I have it on my phone so I answer emails daily. I think Google Drive has been the most enjoyable tool that I have learned to use, as it has the advantage of multiple people being able to type on a document at once. It helps make planning with other ELAR teachers easier. We are all able to type on a lesson plan at once and it goes quicker.
I think especially when I read, I tend to natural question and consider perspectives. I am also an empathetic person that always considers other points of view.
When I read a Christian book for a bible study last fall, I questioned the author's content and intent throughout the book. I think as a reader, this is essential, as we need to always question and wonder. A person's point of view is not always 'fact' and should always be considered before you simply 'take their word for it.' I think this is where we gain our own opinions is by reading and having our own critical analysis of what we read.