To celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, May 3 – 7, 2010 and Teacher Appreciation Day, May 4, 2010 . . . We, here at Leveled Reader.com, and I am sure all of our many customers who care so much about literacy, helping educators supplement reading programs and providing a key to a child’s success, want to thank teachers everywhere. “Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions,” Anonymous. This is true. Few other professionals touch as many people as teachers
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We know reading sets the stage for success. And becoming a reader really starts soon after birth. If youth can read easily and understand what they are reading by third grade, they can more easily take advantage of the learning opportunities in subsequent grades and beyond. Before school life begins, youth are hearing the spoken word, then begin to understand the written word when being read to and seeing others reading—this is the beginning. The beginning of forming a habit that will have
Recently, the USA Today newspaper printed pro and con editorials on rating teachers according to student test scores. As a result, letters to the editor have appeared. There is agreement with Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), that teachers need to be well-prepared. But, there are other influences affecting teacher competence: resources, policies, class size, community, economics and population to name a few. In one letter, an ex-teacher from Missouri
Whether you are a teacher, parent, or supportive person in a child’s life, you want the best for that child. Part of offering the best is providing opportunities. One way to do this is through reading. Books open up the world, the universe to readers. They can be transported to different areas and times—or to their own area and time, knowing they are not alone. When choosing books for the child in your life, you might feel overwhelmed with the selection. Which book will be appropriate and hold
I have spoken with many teachers and most of them tell me that when they started out they said “If I can help just one child I will have accomplished something in this lifetime”. We feel the same way at LeveledReader.com. With school budgets getting tighter and classroom sizes larger, teachers have less and less time to do the things they would like to do. Usually, k-12 teachers have to spread their time out over all subjects and this can mean reading does not get the attention it