As with any new adventure or challenge the first step is always the hardest. So here I go starting my very first blog! I decided to take Diverse Children's Literature for two reasons. The first beginning the positive experiences that I have had with all of young William & Mary teachers that I have had the pleasure of working with in the last 3 years. Their excitement and knowledge of reading has "Wowed!" me. I feel that I have learned as much from them as I hoped they learned from me as the "experienced teacher". The second reason is I believe that teacher should never stop learning and growing. The more that I can bring to my classroom, the better readers my students will be over time. I want reading to be a joy for them and not a requirement.
When my colleague & I talked about and signed up for this class I was thrilled with the thought of a new adventure, maybe even the start of a new career. However as the first day of class approached nervousness began to creep into my mind. Would I be able to keep up? How would I juggle my classroom and classwork? What if everyone else knew all the answers? You know all the normal perfectionist fears. The wonderful thing was that once I looked at the reading list all those fears were washed away. When I saw Blueberries for Sal, The Story of Ferdinand, Caps for Sale, and Bedtime for Frances I was taken back to the books of my childhood. My grandmother was a teacher and when she retired my brother and I inherited her whole class library. We spent hours reading to ourselves and each other. The next titles I noticed where the ones that I had read to my own children. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Where the Wild Things Are, Good Night Gorilla, and many more had filled our milk crate on our weekly trips to the library and story time. When I reached the list of novels I recognized the titles of books that not only had my own children read, but also books that I had introduced my students to in literacy circles and classroom read aloud. A simple list has reminded my of all the pleasure and joy that reading a good book can bring. Now I can't wait to go back and reread the books of past and expand my horizons with new literature so that I can install that love of reading to my students. I got this!