Teacher Appreciation Week Memory

I’ve had this bookmark for many years.

If you’ve never taught a child to read, or watched the magic of their realization that the symbols (letters) combine to make sounds to form words, you may not understand. This is where it begins.

But my goal was never to ‘just teach reading.’ I wanted to teach a LOVE of reading.

As a reading specialist, working with children who were struggling and below grade level, I often had parents who thought their child might never read. I assured the mom who gave me this bookmark that her son would learn to read. She cried. I told her my goal for him was bigger and I wanted her to share that goal. He already knew because my students knew my goal for them: learn to love to reading. She hugged me and cried some more.

We worked together and like so many children, he needed more time, more practice, and he did learn to read and more importantly, he learned to love reading. ❤️

Published by authorlaurablog

I'm a reading specialist from Chicago, now living in the beauty of the Roosevelt National Forest in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. My first book "Aliana Reaches for the Moon" features a creative and curious girl who loves science, her little brother, and her very patient parents. I'm currently writing a MG novel and several picture books with STEM elements and dogs.

10 thoughts on “Teacher Appreciation Week Memory

  1. This fills me with so much warmth and hope. The goal of not simply reading, but learning to LOVE reading. Thank you for being one of the incredible teachers out there who is working with kiddos to encourage passion and possibilities. ❤

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    1. Thank you, Heather! I think my way of framing it *hopefully* gave families the idea that reading wasn’t just a skill to get through school. It was a way to experience wherever they wanted it to take them, like a passport.

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    1. Thank you so much for commenting on this post! I rarely share much about my teaching days. Recently in 12×12 and another Facebook group a few things have come up that I commented on.
      I’ve been drawing on my experience and this week seemed like a perfect time to share the bookmark and the story behind it.

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    1. Thanks for reading and your kind words. I’ve been sharing more about my experiences with students on other social media because I find that people need to hear the background of what worked and why. I love helping people find ways to believe in themselves.


    1. Thank you, Jill. 😊 There are so many reasons I loved teaching and I shared stories on Facebook on a regular basis while I was teaching. My students and my families made me feel appreciated every single week and that’s not hyperbole. I’m still in touch with many of them. 🥰

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