Recently, I have had the opportunity to see my dream of helping other teachers come to fruition not once, but twice in the same week.
The first opportunity came from my new friend, Maggie, from Mississippi. Maggie read my series of blog posts about how I teach reading and was inspired and had some questions about how I teach reading. She is a first year special education teacher looking for some advice and I was and am so happy to share with her (and anyone else for that matter). I must say that I was a little skeptical at first when I received her email asking if we could chat sometime about reading. I have to admit that I looked her up and made sure she wasn't a stalker or something! (Betcha didn't know that, Maggie!) :) Anyway, she wasn't a stalker and we talked on the phone and I had the opportunity to share with her about how I teach. Honestly, I loved helping her out, but really the email and phone call was probably more of a blessing to me maybe than it was to her. Sharing with and helping other special education teachers has become my new mission. I love teaching and I love kids, but to share my knowledge with others and to work with new teachers is becoming my new dream.
The next opportunity came in the form of another email and follow up phone call. This opportunity came on exactly the same day as Maggie's email and it about knocked my socks off! If you've been reading my blog, you know that I am in love with Reading A-Z and the resources the site provides. Well, the next email came from the product marketing manager from Learning A-Z, Jan. Her email stated that she had read my blog and she was interested in talking to me about how I use Reading A-Z in my resource classroom. The next thing I know I am being offered a subscription to RAZ kids to compliment my Reading A-Z use in my classroom. I could not have been more over the moon about this! Thank you, thank you, thank you to the Learning A-Z crew!!
So, readers, for you this means a lot more posts about my reading groups and how I teach reading using Reading A-Z and RAZ kids! I cannot wait to share with you how these resources are helping my students! I am so excited to see my blog helping other teachers and also helping my students. This has been a blessing to me in so many ways!