Miss Lamb, to tell you the truth, I'm nervous for school! I'm not very good at reading.
Good morning Johnny! Don't you look glum! What's the matter?
Oh dear... follow me! Let me tell you about how I like to teach.
I used to be scared to read too! When I was in school, my teacher drilled us with boring reading comprehension questions and we always had to silent read! But Johnny, I'm what they call a social constructivist... and I learn by doing! So in my class, I like to work together and do lots of fun activities! I will read aloud to everyone and ask you to think about some things! I like to pick books that are interesting.
Then, we'll read out loud together and work on recognizing important parts of reading like pronunciation. Sometimes I like to put students into small groups so they can read together with me and I can help if they need to me to! All of this practice happens before I ask you to read all on your own!
Okay... this might not be so bad...
In groups, we'll do lots of activities like making words, grouping in families, predicting what happens next, and many more! Sometimes we pretend to be characters, draw pictures, make songs, and watch films! Reading is about a lot more than just looking at the words and saying them out loud! It's about finding a connection between the information that you read and your own life! I'm trying to teach all of my students something known as critical literacy- a tool to help you understand and question the world around you. I like to do this by sometimes working with a more adventurous book about homosexuality, poverty, immigration, and more! Critical literacy helps us to think deeper and make meaningful connections!
Sometimes we all need a bit of help so I like to have a word wall in my classroom! I also have my students write/draw/communicate with me in a daily reading journal! This lets my students tell me how they feel, what they are wondering, what they like, and what they need help with.
I like working with my friends too... but what if I can't remember everything? What if I need even more help?
Are you feeling a bit better about reading Johnny?
Yes. I think I will like being in your class!! Let's get reading!