Pernille Ripp states in Passionate Readers, "We must take responsibility for the year that we have with our students... to inspire the love of reading." No pressure, right? But, the responsibility of pursing any act of teaching seems impossible if you think about it. We must remember that this "change (or maintenance) of a reading life starts with us but ends with them" (Ripp). We can only do so much but we must DO SOMETHING.
The key moments that stick out at the end of the school day are teachable moments and ought to be taken note of. When doing research for my student teaching placement, I found an article entitled, Reflective Teaching the author of Fairy Dust Teaching shares insight into the reflective practice and provides a free daily reflection sheet. The sheet includes several questions to gather your thoughts about the daily activities and as you write about them in a way that would assist you in becoming the best teacher you can be.
The following is a list of Middle America books available through my public library that I will be reading over the next few months as I build some additional resources for my 6th Grade Social Studies classroom.
The following is a list of I can statements for teachers, based on the Framework for Teachers (FfT) by Charolette Danielson. It is my intention to take the time on coffeegirl.blog to unpack the framework by: explaining the levels of mastery, identifying key concepts and skills, determining big ideas, and writing the essential questions. This attempt is so that myself and others may benefit fully from the FfT so that we may better our practice as teachers.
The pressure of having to assist 30+ students is lowered tremendously and I feel less anxiety about getting to everyone.