Ok, so growing up I LOVED to read!! I read voraciously. I read everything I could get my hands on. I read Redwall, Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Hardy Boys just to name a few. Reading was a way of life for me. It was instilled in me from my parents at a very young age.
Now as a 2nd grade teacher, I want my students to have that same love of reading that I have. To that end, we spent a week working on our reader’s theater performance with the promise that at the end of the week there would be a stage, costumes, and a live audience.
Sometimes, as a teacher, you make these giant leaps of faith for the students that you hope will work out. I sent out emails, facebook notifications, and Twitter announcements to the community letting them know of the upcoming performance. On the day of the performance, would people actually show up? Sometimes, I just have to take a leap of faith and see.
Those parents did not let me down!! On the day of the performance, we walked down to the STEM lab where I had secretly set up the stage with props and costumes. I peaked my head around the corner and to my surprise nearly every seat was filled! It was a packed room!!
We filed into the room and the students beamed from ear to ear at the stage that was fully set up and the number of people who had come to see this performance. In that moment, I knew I had them! There are special moments in education that you often just want to relive over and over. This was one of those times.
It was incredible. The students got up there and gave a moving rendition of the story, complete with expression, confidence, and emotion. It was an experience they will likely never forget.
Let’s build confidence in our readers and continue being stewards of ALL learners.