This is my ninth year as a Title 1 reading teacher. I teach small groups of students who have scored below our district's benchmark in reading. These K-3 students come to my room every day for thirty minutes of reading fun. It's a whirlwind and I love every minute of it!
I incorporate games into my lesson plans as often as I possibly can. I use kinesthetic movements as well--every reading strategy, letter sound, sight word, etc. has a movement that goes along with it. I find that the learning "sticks" better for my students once I began using it. Learning is fast-paced in my classroom and I try to keep the lessons fresh so my students are always looking forward to our time together and motivated to do their best!
I had a fifth grader write me a note this year. She told me that she didn't like reading in second grade before she began coming to reading group with me, but that I changed all that for her and now she loves to read. She thanked me for that. I don't know how it feels to be awarded Teacher of the Year, but I can't imagine it feeling much better than that note made me feel on an ordinary August day.
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