Saturday, April 23, 2011

Teacher Appreciation Week

What am I reading now?  Princess of the Midnight Ball (Jessica Day George)
Annnd. . . what do I think so far?  I confessed (see blog Apr. 11) that I bought this book because of the beautiful dress on the cover. Yes, the dress got me to pick it up, but I soon discovered it's the story of the Twelve Dancing Princesses. Who doesn't love a great fairy tale? I've always loved that story and this book did not disappoint me in any way. I loved (Let's count how many times I say love in this blurb.) the twists from the original tale as well as the familiar elements. Curses, trickery, deceit, love, war, contracts with the devil--what every child should hear before being tucked gently into bed. I think you'll love this one!

Teacher Appreciation Week
My daughter is decorating a kindergarten teacher's classroom door on Monday. She's making flowers out of paper cups and having the children write their name inside a flower. The flowers will be posted on the door around the simple words, "Thank you."

Here's my thank you to an important teacher in my life:

Thanks to my library teacher at Central Elementary in Colorado. I was in fourth grade. All my friends were voracious readers. My friends were--not me. I knew I didn't read well and I was embarrassed. One day after school I snuck into the library to check out a book some of the kids had been talking about, Blue Bay Mystery. Everyone was reading The Boxcar Children--everyone but me. It was against school rules to stay inside the school after school, but she let me go in anyway. I decided that I could plod though the book, then I could talk about the book too. There was no way I was going to check out the book at a time when my classmates would see me though then they'd ask me about the book. What if I failed? What if I couldn't read it? What would I say? I checked out the book after school that day, tucked it into my coat and walked to my grandmother's house since I'd already missed my bus home.

I read it! That was the very first book I ever read and my world changed. I was a reader.
Now I'm a reading specialist. Maybe because I know (read as: remember) what is confusing to struggling readers, I can help others make it to being a reader too.

Is there a teacher who has touched your life?

1 comment:

Gail said...

I will never forget my tenth grade Honors English teacher, Ms. Michaud. She was tough and mean, but she knew how to write. She taught me more about writing then all my collage english professors combined.