How did you feel as you started reading?
I felt like she had been standing in my classroom observing me before she wrote this book. Or that I was walking in her shoes. Feelings: relief, lots of light bulb moments, HOPE!!
What were your first thoughts, connections, insights?
Sadly I connected with her when she worked so hard to prepare that lesson and the students just did what they had to to get through it and didn't connect with the characters like she thought they would. I've had that feeling before. Thankfully I have been teaching comprehension and reading strategies and have seen improvement but still have that handful of kids that just don't seem to care. I want to reach all my kids!! So I am looking forward to the rest of this book:)
Were you like me and finally felt as though you had found someone who was speaking your language?
Which part jumped out at you and made you say "aha!!, I knew it"?
I have always tried to get my students as passionate about reading as I am, telling them that reading is an escape, you can go to another place and be someone else, away from everything else if you want.
I have to join in with others and quote her with the amazing words of:
"Reading changes your life. Reading unlocks worlds unknown or forgotten, taking travelers around the world and through time. Reading helps you escape the confines of school and pursue your own education. Through characters - the saints and sinners, real or imagined - reading shows you how to be a better human."
Those are some powerful words!!