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WRAD Wrap Up

An email to our K-12 staff from me:

Last week, many students and staff completed a survey for me about their memories of books read aloud to them.  Many, many teachers were mentioned specifically by name as well as moms, dads, grandmas, siblings, and cousins as making lasting memories by reading a book to them. In fact, moms were the most mentioned for read aloud memories and teachers were a very close second. 

Thank you for making a difference in the lives of students by reading to them. Students...even adults are never too old to experience the power of having a good book, story, or poem read aloud to them. 

On the survey, students mentioned books like Super Fudge, The Giving Tree, Green Eggs and Ham, Clementine, Charlotte's Web, Magic Tree house, Ramona & Beezus, Hatchet, Junie B. Jones, Sign of the Beaver, The Little Engine that Could...all as memorable titles read to them by teachers.

Commeyras, Bisplinghoff, & Olson (2003) define a Reading Teacher as “a teacher who reads or a reader who teaches”.  

Thank you all for being reading teachers!  You are awesome!

(as well as this video)

Thank you again to all of the readers who took time from your prep to go visit other classrooms, students, and grade levels.

I’m sorry if I didn’t get all of your pictures.  If you’re not in the video, it’s because I was reading to students at the same time too. J
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I'm sure there are plenty of staff members who think I send out too many e-mails...especially when we're celebrating things like World Read Aloud Day!  I think it's good to share what I do and for everyone to see what (unfortunately) only some of our teachers are choosing to participate in.  Hopefully it will lead to even more participation next year and/or in future opportunities to connect and collaborate.  I really want us to be a school that READS and that's going to take teachers who read and value reading too.

I hope you're developing the reading culture at your school.  I'd love to hear about it!

Happy reading!

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