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An all staff email went out this morning from one of our first grade teachers. She had invited parents to come and read with their child today for their big reading party. Unfortunately, only four could come. She was asking if anyone could bring their class over the last half hour of the day to read with those kids.
I teach freshmen English at the end of the day. A class made up of many who do not enjoy reading and writing. A class filled with kids reading below level. Not all of them, but many. Trust me when I tell you that freshman English the last hour on a Friday isn't always the most fun thing to do.
I thought, "What the heck. Let's run over and read." One of our elementary schools is right out the back door of the high school, so not a big deal.
I email my 8th hour class right away and tell them what we are doing.
8th hour rolls around and in they come. A few are grumbling.
"Do we have to?"
"I hate reading out loud. Do we have to read to them?"
"People. Seriously. We are going over to first grade. They will read to you. And even if you have to read to them, IT'S FIRST GRADE. You've been reading Romeo and Juliet out loud almost every day. I'm pretty sure you can handle first grade books."
And we head out.
They partner up with first graders and settle in on too small chairs for a half hour of reading. And as I look around, there are smiles on LOTS of faces----and not just the first graders!