I believe being a writer is one of the biggest gifts you can give to your students. ~ Stacey Shubitz
This month I am participating in the Slice of Life Story Challenge. Thanks to Two Writing Teachers for creating a space for me to share my corner of the world.
Today I am also combining my two worlds of writing
by celebrating my week with Ruth Ayres.
This quote by Steven Layne has been mantra for most of my teaching experience. I celebrate that power each and every day in my classroom.
I have always believed in the power of read-alouds and book talks. I know from experience that talking about books increases student motivation. My students do not need pizza, prizes, or other rewards. They just need a teacher who knows how to use a great book.
This year I took my book talks school wide through our morning show. Our morning show is written, produced, and performed by our students. I have a weekly segment called Book Shout where I give a book talk to our entire school.
Sometimes I talk about a book, and other times students or teachers talk about one. I believe that motivating kids to read is not the sole responsibility of the reading or language arts, but every teacher.
When we live literate lives, we grow literate lives.
Here is a clip of my debut show, explaining why teachers who read are so important.
Bare with me as this is my first Youtube upload, and it is just a clip of the show. I cut out the part where I sing how reading makes me want to shout, kick my heals up and shout! :)