Saturday, July 19, 2014
Saturday Sayings: Living It
A few months ago a friend told me about someone she knows who is a running coach. The coach hates to run. I immediately thought, "How unfortunate. If I were looking for a running coach, that's not the one I would choose." I want the coach who can not only teach me about technique but who can and will inspire me. Great form is essential, but function, purpose, and the knowledge of why running makes me a better me is what makes the form worth working on. How can the coach inspire if she doesn't enjoy the act herself? I'm sure Donalyn Miller would wholeheartedly agree.
As a teacher of reading, I find myself more and more reminding myself to read with my own teaching in mind. When I appreciate and acknowledge what reading does for my life, I can more easily transfer that knowledge into my classroom practice with my own little readers. Without a real love for reading, I'm left to teach reading sorely based on the opinions from some outside source. My reading life creates purpose and intentionality if I pay attention to it. What do real readers do? Those are the authentic practices that must become the heart and soul of my reading curriculum, teaching my students the how of reading but more importantly, inspiring them to become readers themselves. Students who catch that vision will know that reading is something worth doing for a lifetime. It's hard for them to be inspired by someone who doesn't personally live that reality themselves.