Location: Dearborn, MI
Years of Teaching: 12
If you had to describe yourself as an educator, what six words would you use and why?
Six words to describe myself as an educator are: patient, enthusiastic, consistent, attentive, thoughtful, and persistent.
I was drawn to the mindset that all students
can become readers. I tried out the routines
from Reading Apprenticeship little by little,
and I started to see results. I live within
the framework now.”
What drew you to Reading Apprenticeship?
I was lucky to take a teaching position with a district that values Reading Apprenticeship. After I attended my first training, I signed up to attend three more times in following years! I was drawn to the mindset that all students can become readers. I tried out the routines from Reading Apprenticeship little by little, and I started to see results. I live within the framework now.
What is your go-to Reading Apprenticeship routine?
My go-to Reading Apprenticeship routine is Think-Pair-Share.
Can you share a story about a time when you or a student had an “aha!” moment with Reading Apprenticeship?
One of many “aha!” moments I have experienced with Reading Apprenticeship came from shifting to a student-led classroom. As I facilitated more, the students had more opportunities. I remember a moment with my 10th-grade class when a student came up to the document camera to share a Talking to the Text sample from an article. Other students were learning from the schema this particular student brought to the article and then shared with the class. We all learned, and it meant so much more coming from a student who just happened to share that day.
If you could describe Reading Apprenticeship in a sentence, what would you say?
Slowing down to honor the framework pays off.
What are you reading right now?
I am reading The Book Thief with a small group of 6th graders, The Maze Runner with a small group of 7th graders, and Girl, Woman, Other on my own.