Saturday, February 7, 2015

For the LOVE of READING...

And other things.

What do I love?  Let's talk beyond the easy (family, family, and family).
Valentine's Day means love...but this post is about why I love teaching!

I Love Kindergarten

I know I've said it before.  There's nothing as fun and exhausting as teaching kindergarten.  They come to you knowing precious little and you get to be the first one to teach and mold and instill the love of learning.  I can't explain how important.  Not everyone can teach kindergarten...it takes a special person to understand you are the first to touch their lives.  You are the first to create a love of learning.  You are the first...now that's important.
Valentine's Day means love...but this post is about why I love teaching!

I Love Centers 

I do love center time in a kindergarten classroom. Centers should be the best time of the day. You get to teach reading and they get to work independently, grow as independent beings, practice reading, practice writing, practice fluency...I could go on and on and on. If it's set up correctly, it can be managed by your students so guided reading can continue.  If this blog has a FAQ section, the first question would be "What is the key to surviving centers in kindergarten?"  The answer is easy: Routine.  I'll be posting a full explanations of centers on Adventures in Literacy Land on the 10th, but the simple answer is ROUTINE (and expectations).  More to come on that one.
Valentine's Day means love...but this post is about why I love teaching!

I Love Writing

Showing students from an early age that writing is fun is such a rush!  I believe the biggest reason students don't like writing is they FEAR writing.  First, they don't know what to write about and are afraid their writing won't be good enough.  Then, they are afraid they'll spell something wrong.  UGH.  Why do they learn so quickly to ask someone "How do you spell...?"  Taking those fears away creates a love of writing.
Valentine's Day means love...but this post is about why I love teaching!

I Love Reading

How can you not love reading?  By equipping students with the tools to read - you change lives. Period. It doesn't matter if you are teaching a kindergartner with early reading instruction or a second grade in an intervention groups strategies to get on grade level...it's amazing! My best advice again is: ROUTINE. Read Every Day. No excuses.
Valentine's Day means love...but this post is about why I love teaching!

I Love Owls!

It happened by accident. I was the "bee classroom" for a long time. I had a hive outside my door and my rules were: Be kind. Be safe...and so on. Then, I changed schools and they already had "bee classroom" right across from me. So, I decided to be the "owl classroom," but this was 8 years ago when you couldn't find owls anywhere. Then, all of the sudden, they are everywhere. I can't help it.  I'm not even sure why?  But I do.  I have found myself slowly becoming the "crazy owl lady."  They are so cute.
Valentine's Day means love...but this post is about why I love teaching!

I Love Teaching

I was born to be a teacher. I love it. I have posted a Happy Valentine's Day Activity Set on Teachers Pay Teachers...

But here is a Valentine's Day FREEBIE just for you.  Click on the picture...and you'll get a sample.

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