do what you love, love what you do

Thursday, April 5, 2012

it's just that simple.

i'm one of those people who can honestly say i love what i do. love, love, love it. every single bit of it.

in case i've never mentioned it, i teach kids how to be better readers. those kids are 6th graders (also known as eleven and twelve year olds). part of teaching them to be better readers is to help them understand what goes through an author's mind when they write, and part of that understanding happens through helping them learn to be better writers. this all comes full circle in helping them be better readers.

but here's the weird part. obviously, i love to write...but i've never thought of myself as a writing teacher. i think there is a huge difference in being able to do something and being able to teach someone else to do something.

therefore, i am ridiculously, overly, off-the-charts excited about my next class: the writing process. here's a sneak peek of the books i get to read for this class...


craft!

voice!

writing!!

mentor texts!!

barry lane?

gasp.

stop. the. madness.

see barry smile. smile, barry. smile!

he is a rock star writing coach. i got to see him my first year of teaching with mama o and our highly flamable aquanet friend. we laughed so hard and learned so much. every since then, i have been in l-o-v-e with him. and how on earth did i get so lucky to have one of his books for my textbooks? i honestly don't know. i feel unworthy.

but it's true.

and i can't wait!!

i think i'll always think of myself as a reading teacher, but i hope this class lets me add lots of depth and variety to what i'm able to teach my sweet little readers.

for now, though, i'm going to enjoy a fabulous three day weekend with my lovelies.

before i end, i have to give a shout out to coach joe. i only met him a couple of times, but he was one of those people who left a lasting impression on me. may he rest in...

...peace.

1 comment :

Mama O. said...

And who doesn't love a persuasive writing book called "Why We Must Run with Scissors." Jealous, jealous and jealous of your class!

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