Friday, September 2, 2011

Power to Read

I just began my third to last semester before I graduate with my special education degree. I AM SO EXCITED! My classes are very intense and time consuming, but I'm finally into the stuff that I love! And I'm finally thinking to myself, "Oh ya, thats why I want to do this."

One of the great classes I get to take is SPED 5310, which is Teaching Reading and Language to Students with Disabilitites. I love this! This is where my passion lives. I find Reading to be at the root of most struggling students. If you can't read well, you can't do almost anything academic well. I would love to eventually be a reading specialist who researches and works with struggling elementary school students. I found this quote and loved it!

If you can read this... Thank a Teacher.
If you can read this in English... Thank a Soldier.
        And for life and everything  you have... Thank God.

 Some of my favorites as a child :)
 It is proven that children who are read to frequently and are exposed to reading material in the home are much more successful readers. This makes me very grateful to my mother who was constantly reading to me, and fostered a love of reading in me.
"This isn't just an economic thing – it's not just people who come from poor backgrounds, it's across the whole of society. You get a lot of children coming from very privileged backgrounds who've spent a lot of time in front of the TV and not enough time snuggled up with a good book. The TV does the imagining for you – and it doesn't care whether you're listening or not. Research shows that children who are read to on a regular basis before they start school are most likely to succeed. "It's a key predictor in terms of educational success." - Pie Corbett (The Guardian,

How Lucky Are You?????
"A long-awaited federal study finds that an estimated 32 million adults in the USA — about one in seven — are saddled with such low literacy skills that it would be tough for them to read anything more challenging than a children's picture book or to understand a medication's side effects listed on a pill bottle."  -USA Today 2009

I am so blessed. You are too :)

1 comment:

Kylee said...

k i LOVED Are You My Mother?
You're going to be such a good little teacher Lauren :)