Monday, August 26, 2013

Friends of Reading

Friends of Reading began a few years ago when a fellow language arts teacher and I were discussing the state of reading and writing in our school and state. We noticed that our area talked, planned and provided manipulatives for math. We felt that language arts and social studies were getting pushed to the side and we wanted to do something about it. So we would occasionally meet with other language arts teachers and we would jokingly refer to them as Friends of Reading meetings.  We would discuss ways we could improve our craft and help those middle school students still struggling with basic skills. I don't think we solved any of the worlds problems but we walked away with less stress and some great collaboration.  I hope this website can continue that spirit, where ideas can blossom and collaboration can occur for anyone who is a friend of reading.