Middle School Teacher in Rural Alaska

2012 Is The Year

on December 31, 2011

2012 is the year that I will finally start my Masters Degree to become a Reading Specialist.

2012 is the year that I will read every book that has won a Newberry Award.

Why undertake both of these challenging endeavors at the same time?  Well, I want to be a Reading teacher (right now I’m only certified to teach Social Studies). No, let me amend that, I want to be a great reading teacher. My M.Ed. will be a giant step towards this goal.  I’ve never had any formal training in teaching reading so the M.Ed. should give me the basics that I desperately need. While I’m sure that all the great reading teachers out there have their degrees and certifications I also know that in great reading teachers don’t stop there; I’ve learned that great reading teachers read children’s literature. Hmm, let me amend once again. The great reading teachers that I admire read A LOT of children’s literature. And, from what I’ve seen, it pays off. The students of these great teachers read more because they interact with an adult that can recommend books that fit their needs.  With that in mind, I’m undertaking the Newberry Challenge because I want to know more about children’s literature. Will I end up recommending books like Hendrik Van Loon’s The Story of Man to students? Probably not… But will find some gems that I hadn’t read before? Most likely. Will I learn more about the field of children’s literature? Probably. And perhaps most importantly, will I have fun? YES, definitely!


2 responses to “2012 Is The Year

  1. mrschu81 says:

    Welcome to the Nerbery Challenge! 🙂

  2. mrschu81 says:

    Let’s try this again…

    Welcome to the Newbery Challenge! 🙂

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