Because we had some scheduling issues during this first week of school, I ended up with a lot more time in my afternoon class than my morning. Not wanting to get one class ahead of the other, I decided to have my afternoon class write me letters about the first three days of school. I wanted them to tell me what they liked and didn't like, and what they would change, if anything. I got the usual letters: "I love everything!" and "I would ask for more recess!" and "I would have no homework." (Which, by the way, they haven't had any!) But I also got this letter. I thought all you Daily 5/CAFE and Book Whisperer believers would appreciate it.
Dear Mrs. Owens,
You really have changed my mind a lot about reading. I used to not like to read but now I love to read and I hope that does not change ever. Thank you for being my reading teacher. I love when we get to read to self and I do thank you. You are a good 4th grade teacher!!
How absolutely sweet is that? The first three days of school! This student, by the way, has already read two chapter books this week. I am just so thrilled with how this school year has started. I am LOVING teaching reading this year. Without the interruptions of AR and Study Island, I have never had so much time before! And my students are reading-A LOT! If you didn't do The Book Whisperer read along this summer, I highly suggest you check it out! It really will revitalize the way you think about teaching reading!