Welcome to day one of Carol Boles’ 6-day NWFCC March Specialist Showcase tour and enjoy learning how she discovered the reading teacher path.
Typically, when you ask teachers why they chose a particular subject to teach, many reply by saying, “I was inspired by a teacher I had”. That was certainly the case with me.
While working on my undergraduate degree, in secondary education, one of the last classes I enrolled in was developmental reading. That class changed the direction of my teaching career. The teacher who taught that class was excited, enthusiastic and dedicated to teaching teachers. She wanted every one of her teacher candidates to know all the effective teaching strategies available, to teach children how to read. I caught her excitement and enthusiasm, and wanted to be just like her.
Once I completed my undergraduate degree, my first teaching job was teaching middle school social studies. That fall I also began working on my Master’s degree in Special Reading. I loved teaching social studies; although, the idea of later becoming an elementary Reading Specialist thrilled me. Two years later I completed my Master’s degree and started teaching middle school developmental reading. The following year I got my dream job. I became an elementary school reading teacher.
For me, one of the most important contributions I made as a special reading teacher was providing my students with the skills necessary to become excellent readers. While also conveying the message, reading is fun—I used a variety of reading materials to achieve this.
In the end, many of my students became accomplished readers and are now life-long readers. Knowing I made a difference in their lives gives me enormous satisfaction and pride every day.
Follow Day 2 of Ms. Boles’ tour tomorrow at www.donna-mcdine.blogspot.com. Leave a comment and your name will automatically be entered to win a Three Angels Gourmet Co mug and a package of Divine Dill Dip Mix – at the end of the month, provided by the National Writing for Children Center.