As the semester cleans up, it has come to my realization that I have not only taken my last semester of real classes before student teaching but that I have also read more books and accomplished more firsts this semester than I have throughout my entire college career. So in this final blog, I wanted to discuss myself as a reader as transformed throughout college and throughout this semester. It has really been a great semester, but it wasn’t my new found love, new friends, or the purposeful lack of a job that made it so great, it was the accomplishments that I have had in school.
The first accomplishment is the number of books that I have completed in full this semester. This is a big one for me because I was never an independent reader. This semester I read the following list of books from front to back. FROM FRONT TO BACK.
- Amal Unbound
- Memories of a Teenage Amnesiac
- Mrs. Dalloway
- The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
- How Fiction Works
Seven books and that’s it. That is my biggest accomplishment. But if this is not a teaching moment for myself and teachers, I am not sure what is. I will be in your class. There will be a younger me running around waiting for someone to take them under their wing. You will have students who aim to read 100 books in a semester but you will also have that student who will aim to finish just one book.
Another accomplishment that I want to discuss is the idea of reading one book in a day. WOW. Who would have known that reading a single book in a day would have been one of my biggest accomplishments? Who would have known that a book would be so riveting and enticing that it would keep me engaged for a whole day? Well this book did, and it shocked my passion for reading into overdrive. The book “Sheets”, a graphic novel, inspired me to become a reader. As soon as I established my reading career through this book, I began buying all sorts of graphic novels, and an interesting book on the Walmart shelf. It ignited in me a passion not only for reading but to get others reading. It made me realize the importance and fun that reading has and that any student, no matter how far gone can become a passionate reader.
My final piece of this year that I wanted to share was my discovery with the classroom as a whole. It has come to my attention that education is changing. It changed last year, it changed the year before, and it will continue changing for years and years to come. It is becoming less of a burden and more of a goal, but more of a search for knowledge and less of an adaptation of the individuals learning. It has come time that we focus on the individual, that we praise the learning that one student can do and that we teach the student and not the curriculum. If we can make good and moral people, who can hold a conversation, communicate and collaborate, then we can truly engage more students and create a better tomorrow.