As much as I love to read now, it wasn’t something that always came naturally. Growing up, I was that little girl who would get separated from the rest of the class to go do an individualized reading lesson. They tried just about everything to help me. I remember reading with the little highlighter tool, reading books with large print, even reading books with small print. Nothing really seemed to take with me and I would always really struggle. I always felt like I was lower than my peers because they could read out loud without any issues and it would always take a million years for me to get through one paragraph.
It wasn’t until I was out of elementary school, and in middle school that I really started to take to reading. Before every class period, the school as a whole would take ten minutes to free read. Everyone got to read the book of their choice, and this was probably where my love for reading really began. I liked that I had my own choice, and I wasn’t put on the spot. I discovered my own reading tastes and I didn’t have to demonstrate that to anyone but myself. I really think a majority of that success stemmed from the fact that this reading was 100% my choice. I learned what was best for me. The more I read, the better I got at it, and that’s when things started to come to me more naturally.
There are many people out there debating whether or not reading is something that comes naturally, or if it’s something that needs to be worked and meddled with until perfected. Some say reading is about as natural as standing up and walking, while others would argue that reading is about as natural as learning to fly; it’s possible, but there are certain steps that need to be worked through in order to get there.
I don’t really know where I stand with this whole debate. I know from my own experiences that reading does not always come naturally, but I also know that everyone is different. That is how I also know that this big debate will never end. The world is full of unique individuals and they will all take to reading in a way that is unique to them. As a future teacher, I feel like this is a good mind set to take into the classroom. If I respect that not everyone is going to take to reading the same way then I can better accommodate for that.
A big theme that I have noticed throughout my reading for this week if the issue of getting students more involved with what they are reading. The biggest question I can probably think of here is: how do teachers get their students to actually want to read?
I have always considered myself to be an avid and passionate reader. I love to read. Plain and simple. Always have, always will. I am very aware that not everyone is the same type of reader that I am, in fact, it seems that most people aren’t too fond of reading all together. Something that I find very interesting is that everyone is tgei own uniwue type of reading. Much like a snowflake, no two reader are the same, and I absolutely love that! This is somegthing I really I really need to keep in mind for when I have a classroom of my own. All of my students are going tobe different and that something Ill need to accomidate for. Some will love to readm other not so much. Some will be quick while other will ake their time. Some of my students will love to read about war, and love, and adventure, and fantasy; while others may only read from their school text books.
As for that important question I mentioned earlier, I think there is definitely a solution to this issue as long as the educator keeps in mind the students diverse interests and individual needs.
Teaching reading in the classroom seems to be soemthing teachers are really struggling with lately. Students are not motivated to be reading and educators are not realizing that it is a flaw in our own system that is causing them to lean away from reading. The articles we read for class this week really put and emphasis on this issue. What really confuses me about it all is that certain educators are recognizing this issue, but they dont think that the issue is their fault. They may see their students as lazy and they dont change their teaching habits what so ever. There are so many ways to motivate your students to read, and there are even more ways to keep them reading.
The teachers that do see these issues are attempting to redirect their teaching habits all together. They may be transforming their classrooms into readigs workshops. They help motivate their students by letting their students read the things that they want to be readings. They are also filling up their students classroom free time with reading. An activity that I really liked was having students share what they have been reading with their classmates. This may intrigue other students and get them interesting in other books. It also adds that diversity aspect that I really enjoy.
Overall, getting your students more motivated to read takes time. Finding it and giving it. It also takes a lot of observation and patience from the teacher. Thats the type of educator I aim to be. I want to adjust myself to fit my student needs, and I want to see real progress in my students learning and reading!
I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am for summer break. Im excited for the long summer days, going on adventures, spending time with my family, and finally getting some much needed sunlight. Every summer is different and I look forward to seeing what this summer has to offer me.
Something that never changes, even in the summer, is the fact that I have too long of a summer reading list. It never fails, I always go into the summer thinking that I’m going to get a ton of reading done, and I never do. You see, im very outdoorsy so I thrive in the summertime. I love to go hiking and rock climbing. My favorite days are spent at the lake or submerged underneath a canopy of trees without cell phones reception. I know what your thinking, there is plenty of opportunity to sit and read in these situations, I just rarely do. Instead of picking up a book and getting lost in the pages, I prefer listening to my friend’s stories and getting lost in laughter instead.
This summer I’m going to try and be different. I’ll find more opportunities to sit down with a book because honestly, I think it could add to my summer experience. Instead of reading novels filled with teen angst, I will read books full of adventure to help put my adventurous soul at ease. It wont be hard for me to find books about travelers and wondering souls. Books like Jack Kerouac’s On The Road, come to mind, or Jon Krakauer’s Into The Wild.
While doing some research, I found a website that will help me in my search for adventure books! 13 Travel Books That Will Give You Serious Wanderlust
The goal for my summer is to get through all 13 books.
Anyways, just one more blog post and I’ll be done for the semester. I have really enjoyed reading all of your guy’s posts and getting to know several of you through book club and twitter! I hope you all have a wonderful and adventurous summer!
I can’t believe the semester is coming to a close already. I feel like I have gotten through so many books, yet I don’t think I really made a dent in my TBR list. That kind of stresses me out, but at the same time it’s an excellent opportunity to get quite a bit of reading done this summer. My family is probably going to think that I’m crazy because all I’ll do is carry around some kind of teen angst filled novel.
Anyways, it was honestly kind of a relief to finish up my very last book for this class. I decided to keep it simple and extra adventurous by picking up Mockingjay, the third novel in the notorious Hunger Games series. I honestly cannot believe I didn’t think of this sooner, but I never finished the series when I was in high school. I watched the movies and I read the first two books, but I never got to finishing the last. I thought it was kind of ironic as well, finishing the last book of a series for my last “Hey, Monday!” blog of the semester.
Like I said earlier, reading the novel was simple and adventurous. I went through it rather quickly because of the style and interesting story line. There was no stress in trying to get through it; which was something that I desperately needed considering how busy my last week has been. I found the ending to be very bitter sweet. I love a happy ending because I’m hopeless that way. I was disappointed that Katniss kind of went against everything she was for and had children with Peeta. I mean, I understand that The Hunger Games and the war was over, but was that still a world she could envision her children growing up in? How would her PTSD affect her being a mother? Will Peeta be doing all the cooking?
Anyways, I hope you all have had a wonderful semester! I’m going to miss reading all of your guy’s blog posts and sharing my ideas with you.
I think you can tell from my previous posts that I am pretty stressed out when it comes to my TBR list. I wanted to make this last week pretty stress free since I was being bombarded with several essays and the shenanigans of Case Day being that Friday. So I took a break all together from my TBR list; I turned to Google, typed in “young adult books”, and then I picked a book that caught my eye. The first things I noticed is that I have already read so many of these YA novels, the second was the John Green really wrote a lot.
Anyways, I chose Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I think I picked this because I was kind of hoping it would be a modern interpretation of Cinderella, it ended up being a lot more complicated than that. This novel is based loosely, and I mean VERY loosely on Cinderella. Basically, you have the main female protagonist that lives with and evil mother figure and her not so awesome step-sisters. Other than that, it’s based in the future, the world has been reorganized all together, and oh yeah, everyone is a robot of some type. Honestly, I was not expecting a Cinderella meets science-fiction novel, but that’s what I got. I thought it was pretty weird. It’s pretty unique to see how the creative mind works. Cinder is the first novel in the Lunar Chronicles series, I don’t know if I want to take a peak into the others yet.
Anyways, I don’t think I’ll ever pick out a book that way again, I kind of like knowing what I get myself into when it comes to the books I read. I wasn’t a bad quick read, and that definitely something I needed last week. This week will be much better! Happy reading everybody!
Yet another week has gone by and I almost can’t believe it! I just feel like the semester has turned into one giant blur. We’re about to read the and I don’t think I’ve even made a dent in my TBR list.
Anyways, I hope everyone had an awesome Easter break!
I tried to keep myself busy while I was home. I saw the break as an excellent opportunity to catch up on my reading and homework. I spent most of the week finishing up the last remaining chapters in Fantastic Beasts. J.K. Rowling never fails me, the deeper I get into her work the more I fall in love with it and the wizarding world she created. There is so much thought and detail that goes into her work, especially Fantastic Beasts. Each creature has their own traits, story, and personality. She is a creative genius if you ask my opinion.
After I finished Fantastic Beasts I spent some time refocusing on A Wrinkle in Time. I read the book originally early in the semester. I absolutely loved it. My book club has decided to dig into it and I feel really happy about getting to read it again. Reopening books is something I’m quite fond of, sometimes you notice things you didn’t before and other times it’s just nice to get to relive the tale all over again.
This week, we were asked to do some research on the Young Adult Library Services Association, or YALSA. They run a blog, called The Hub, and it’s just jam packed full of all things young adult literature. Honestly, I think this is a very useful site to stay involved with if you are a fan of young adult literature. From what I can see, the site is frequently updated and always has something new to offer literary wise. They provide excellent descriptions of the novels and they make them all sound very appealing in their own unique way.
This is a site that I wise I was aware of when this course first began. I think it would have helped make my reading choices a lot easier and I definitely plan on keeping it in my favorites tab for future use. As I mentioned in my previous blog, my TBR list is blown way out of the water and I don’t really know what to do with it at this point. I think I might start taking into consideration a few of the books featured on this site, for I believe it may help narrow down my choices and I’ll actually get a decent idea about what I am getting myself into with each book.
Speaking of our blogs, something that I thought was cool is that The Hub does something similar to our “Hey, Monday!” blogs. They do monthly review blogs that reflect over everything they have had going on in the last month, much like what we do weekly. I just thought it was interesting! Overall, I think this is a very useful site and I’m happy we were introduced to it!