When I moved to 7th grade English, I didn’t know how much this change would affect me. How I would spend more hours than I had ever spent trying to help all of my students like reading more. How their reading truths would shape me as a teacher. How there would be lost sleep, but also triumphant moments of knowing that what we did together made a difference to a kid. That what we did together meant that a child might actually keep reading or even start back up.
I have shared our experiences here. I have spoken about it wherever I have been invited. I have taken the words of my students and held them up for others to learn from because they have taught me so much. Through their insight, I was able to become a better teacher, even if I still don’t have all of the answers.
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