Books: Your Real Friends

I wish the library had a door that had one of those big misting foggers. You know, the ones at Six Flags in the summer where the water gently washes over all the sweat and grime of a hot day at the park? I’d like a mister to wash away all the negative feelings my students have about books–or at least dilute it, so I have a chance to baptize the kiddos into the wonder of the written word.

Above quote is written by Amy Rasmussen, who is an ELA teacher and a blogger.  The quote is from her blog page Threeteacherstalk, where she writes about her fifteen years teaching experiences and share it with other people.  I think this blog page is a really good source especially for those who want to become teachers, so that they have an idea what is going to look like in the real world.  The quote is taken from her blog titled If You Can Talk About a Book, You’re Not an Average Kid. In this blog she shared her experience that her students hate reading books and she tried to find out why do they hate books and some strategies that she used and going to use to make her students love reading books.

I was searching for blogs written by middle school English teachers because I am majoring in Education/Education middle school extension, and the threeteacherstalk.org pop-upped. I visited the website and liked the blogs because these blogs are enriched with teachers’ personal experiences with their students and future teachers have a lot to learn from them.  I liked this particular blog is because this about reading.  I also do not like to read.  Actually not “like” I should say I don’t have that patience to read any entire book or story.  I never have that patience maybe because I have never been encouraged or presented books in a manner that I will like them.  This is exactly what Ms. Rasmussen is talking about in her blog.

Ms. Rasmussen is saying that her students say that they hate to read books, but she is saying that her students actually do not even know if they like to read or not because they did not read that much book.  She wonder what middle did her students did in middle and elementary school.  She also said that teachers in elementary and middle schools should give their effort to make students like reading because this is the time build the base.  If they fail then she will do everything to make her freshman students to love reading books.  This my favorite from the blog where she said:

I will if it will help me match books to students’ interests. I will if it will help me show kids that books can help them solve their problems. I will if I can get kids to stop saying they hate books.

This is my favorite because in this quote she stated how dedicated she is in teaching her students.  I believe a teacher should be like this.  Teacher should have that passion to do everything to help their students and to support them, to give them voice, to give them opportunity to change their lives.  I believe in this and I will try my best to practice this while teaching.  I recommend this blog for all the future teachers.  You can also follow her in twitter if you have an account.

6 thoughts on “Books: Your Real Friends

  1. You found a good issue that teachers must be aware of, it does seem like kids have a dislike for reading books, there are a lot reasons for this, TV, internet, video games or just the lack of positive encouragement in school. For me as a kid I really didn’t like to read I’d rather be outside playing, but I did get into a book when it matched my interest, funny thing is I’m still the same way, I find it hard to get into a book if doesn’t spark my interest. This is a good issue for teachers to address…

  2. Learning for me happens much easier when the material I study is related to my personal interests. This is a great post because it helps me think about how I will relate my lessons to the interest of my future students.

  3. This blogger’s teaching dedication does really shine through! It’s a great idea of hers to make reading exciting. Great choice of quote and I also agree that a teacher should consist of such encouraging qualities.

  4. I wasn’t much into reading as well. Mostly because we read old books that were considered “classics” and I couldn’t understand why, but what i did enjoy were the activities we did while reading. I remember reading “The Great Gasby” in high school and thinking man this book is boring, but then we had to act out a scene from the book and each student had to know their character and thus read the book. It was fun to see everyone dressed up and speaking in funny accents. These are the types of things teachers must do to reinforce the importance of reading

  5. Reading is something That must be learned early and that every child should enjoy doing. I know a friend of mine who’s cousin, when he began High school could not read. I sat and wondered hoe he could get through elementary and High school without knowing how to read. When people would help him he would get frustrated and one day my friends mom just gave up. She said when he gets teased enough in school or begins to fail his classes he will sit down with a book and teach himself. I agreed with this statement, the sad truth is that once a child makes nup their mind about reading THEY are the only ones who can change that opinion we, as teachers can only try to help.

  6. She sounds like a wonderful teacher who is trying really hard to help her students get into books. I agree with Anthony, students are losing interest in book because of all the stuff around them. Then again, comes the talk of parental involvement and other support given to them. A child should learn to read at an early age. Parents are a child’s first teacher and they need to be able to provide the time and fun in order to get their child to read. I remember, as a kid I did not enjoy reading so much because the books provided to me weren’t of my interest but I remember going to the library and checking out books that would really take me in. I became a bookworm- books truly does take you on to a whole new world. I wish I can read as much as I use to, it’s really hard to take time out when we have so many textbooks to read. Great post by the way!

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