“Writing teachers much be writers and they must be master teachers” -Penny Kittle
I came across this quote in reading Penny Kittle’s “I Believe.” Immediately I had to jot it down. Shortly after I set aside my reading and jumped right into my writer’s notebook. It was from this quote and from my past “writer’s block” or laziness that I realized in order for me to improve, I had to practice. And there is no better time to start than NOW.
If I don’t practice my writing skills, I cannot expect to teach writing effectively, or that my student’s will practice their writing skills. Lead by example.
The word “believe” has recently become very dear to me. It is one of the few terms that comes to mind when I think about my journey through college. I had to BELIEVE I could achieve-the same notion I want my student’s to be able to adapt, practice, and embrace.
“Believe” is also one of my “5 Words” I selected for my future classroom. I, myself, believe that all students have the capability to succeed. Now the tricky part; getting students to believe in themselves. This also ties in with my “bottom line” for teaching. Even if I can’t “get through” to a student…even if they despise reading and writing…I still want them to be able to believe. This is my bottom line of “positive” change I have to achieve as a teacher.
Happy Friday Everyone.