I have always had an answer, for why I want to be a teacher, but I have never considered the why behind teaching English and literature. I mean, I know that I want to to teach English, as I have a passion for reading and writing. But why?
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.
It started great, I was introduced to books at an early age and have many lovely childhood memories surrounded by them: sitting on the lap of my mother, laying on the floor with my father and his ginormous feather pillow (was it really that big or was I really small), visiting the library gathering them or listening to the librarians weekly read aloud just to name a few. With all of the enriching opportunities within my early childhood I was able to read before I entered Kindergarten.
This book provides REAL classroom solutions to this Readicide epidemic. He knows the issues that school districts and the common core presents to the everyday teacher and provides you with ways to meet standards and bring back the love of reading to your students.