Reflect Like Ross

“I’m FINE!”

Ross Geller, F.R.I.E.N.D.S

The One Where I Explain Why I Want to Teach Literature

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?

The One Where I Choose to Inspire the Love of Reading

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 One Where I Am a Reader (again)

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.

The One With the Daily Reflective Practice for Teachers

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 One Where I Said, “Over My Dead Body”

Coffee-mate says, “you keep on saying that, but I do not think it means what you think it means”. Four little words that mean so much, just not what I would expect them to mean. In fact when I say them, they end up happening: