I have to share this with you...I’m so excited!
In my last blog, I shared with you how Teaching With Purpose came about. I’ve been using this curriculum for three years now. I teach reading in a small school, so I have students for 3 years in a row. I’ve been so lucky to be able to watch them grow from 6th grade babies-to 8th grade mini-adults! The bonus is, I’ve gotten to see how this curriculum has changed students’ motivation to read over time.
Conner* came to me in 6th grade. He had reading struggles beginning early in his life, and as is the case with many struggling readers, his motivation and desire to read was low. He even told me the first day of 6th grade that he did not do the summer reading assignment, and he and his mom were not sorry about it. Yikes. He was definitely going to be a challenge. For a lot of the first trimester, I got a lot of eye-rolls from him in class...
While this health pandemic forced us all to slow down a little bit from our normal pace of life, we teachers STILL spend hours and hours a week planning exciting, engaging, and educational plans for our students. It is just what we do!
Typically, we wake up at 5 am to make sure our families are cared for, so we can get to school to make sure our students are cared for the same...yup! Work from 7 am- 5 pm every day with one bathroom break and 20 minutes to eat lunch while making copies...me! Put in 50 hours a week in the school building teaching students, sponsoring clubs, attending meetings, and parent-conferencing then taking home plans to complete before bed and papers to grade on Saturday, ultimately putting in 60 hours a week only to start all over again the next Monday...sounds familiar!
You guys, I was running myself ragged and was very near the edge of burning out. Can you relate? For a while, I supplemented what I was...
Project-based learning solves the dreaded-"Why do I have to learn this?"
Develop life long readers and learners because they are always asking questions!
Make definite connections to reading!