But I’ll give it my all and I hope you will join me on Mondays with Mandy (or Mira).
So…who am I? Well, over all, I’m a creator and a sharer. Which is usually how it works, I think. Creators want to share what they have created. Growing up, I loved musical theatre, art, and writing.
When I got to college, I took classes in all areas, but majored in vocal performance. Halfway through, I switched my major to elementary education because education was a more “stable” and “reliable” job than vocal performance. (Insert sarcastic laugh here.)
So as I taught first grade, I finished my Masters in Reading. I decided to become a reading specialist when I realized I was teaching my first graders to write haiku poetry during what should have been their math time. (Oops!)
My students may not have learned (anything) from me about math, but darn it, they loved to read and write. Even those typical “bookhaters.” (You know the ones that claim they hate books, they hate reading, blah, blah, blah!) But I was able to turn them all into readers and writers. During all that time (not teaching math) I discovered something amazing…
Kids Don’t Hate Books!
They just haven’t discovered the joy of it yet. Or worse, the “pain and torture” of reading has rubbed off on them from someone else who never discovered book joy.
Now I know, I’m probably preaching to the choir about instilling a love of reading, since all of us here adore books. So instead, I’ll share a totally true, but relevantly sarcastic “How To.” If you definitely want your children or students to HATE books and reading, then follow the following steps.
There you have it! Keep those tips in mind! They are sure to work. I have proof.
One last tidbit about me: While teaching my first graders, I realized I had no idea how to teach them "how to write." So I decided to go back to school for an MFA in Creative Writing for Children. I've learned a great deal about writing in order to teach my students, and it inspired me to want to write children's book as well. I love writing picture books, poetry, chapter books, and middle grade. So I will be discussing all these areas in upcoming posts.
See you Monday on Mondays with Mandy (or Mira) where I’ll try to contain my excitement!
Oh, remember how I said I couldn’t begin to describe how excited I am?
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