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Friday, July 8, 2011

FUN FRIDAY ( Part 2)- Igniting A Passion for Reading- A Reflection

 

“I thought of you.”

I read those words two nights ago in Steve Layne’s Igniting A Passion for Reading, and that just sealed the deal that I am a fan of this man and his beliefs. The chapter that I just finished was “Coaches Know Their Players,” and that title alone should have suggested to me that this guy knows what he’s talking about when it comes to teaching and how students best learn. Being raised by a coach, I know very well that for someone to succeed, you must know your players strengths and weaknesses. You have to watch carefully, study, and make notes not only of what was well-executed but what failed. The best of coaches  help  their players succeed in LIFE, and those words “I thought of you” conveys that feeling in four little words.

Teaching has to be a reflective process if we are going to succeed with those hard to reach students.

Another thing that impressed me is what Layne said about setting goals: The best goals are  the ones we set for ourselves. I think of teachers I know who are successful, and that is their attitude. They do not wait for someone to set a goal for them, they set goals for themselves.They have a personal best that they reach for and achieve, and  that winning attitude reaches their students who in turn are successful.

I am at the halfway point of my summer, and it’s getting time to set some goals for myself for this upcoming school year and to think about how I will meet the needs of the students who will join me this year. I challenge you if you teach to do the same.

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