I enjoyed several articles in this issue. The students writing was interesting, the parent reading, teaching article was thoughtful.
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I enjoyed reading the board replies. It is nice to openly discuss religion. Religion is something that is often controversial but it shouldn't have to be. I pesonally grew up in a home where religion was not as important, but we would attend mass at least once year. No matter what one's faith is one should always strive to become a better person.
Every conversation is an opportunity to share ideas and find common humanity, even one about religious diversity. When organized religions take the place of individual beliefs, we divide ourselves, but faith is a human capacity which unites us.
I really enjoyed reading about the reinforcing reading development. It relates to me because I use to like going to library and reading when I was little.
Excellent teachers and learners often have happy childhood memories of libraries. I hope you will share library visits with all the children in your life too.
I also enjoyed how openly religion was discussed. I personally come from a very religious family and value religion a lot. I think it’s great how society is changing and adapting. Thank you for writing another great newsletter and sharing it with us!
Emily, faith is a deeply personal conversation. I am often amazed at how many deeply personal conversations students need to share. It takes a lot of honesty as well as insight to be a good English teacher.
Once again an amazingly put together article. I am proud of how openly religion was talked about, you do not get that a lot these days. It is not talked about in public very often between individuals because of the fear of being judged. This is how it should be, very nice!
I'm glad you enjoyed the board's comments in response to the writing prompt. ACTELA's board is always supportive of the newsletter.
The writings were interesting in this article. I also like how they openly discuss religion.
Because English is the study of everything, ELA teachers must be ready to discuss almost anything!
I enjoyed to article on your trip to LSUS very much! I grew up in Shreveport and it is great to hear all the good things going on there with them bringing bright, new scholars!
I hope this event marks the beginning of a rich and productive relationship between Arkansas and LSUS.
I enjoyed reading the Global Perspective to see how students in other countries study and the different things they learn about in their classes. I enjoy hearing about how their experiences are much different than ours.
You're right. The experiences of that student are different from those of ours, but we also have much in common. I'm grateful for all the people who write Global Perspectives to help us put those differences and commonalities in context.
I really enjoyed the article on growing writers. It was great to hear how a teacher encourages students to write. I also enjoyed the part of thinking of essays and papers as more than just a grade. It can be easy to get caught up in only focusing on the grade but when just focusing on the topic and the writing it does make writing very enjoyable!
I've had several off line compliments about this article as well. It is good to remember that grades are a reflection of a teacher's success too--not just the students'.
The global perspective really caught my attention. I believe in everyone furthering their education. Every gender and every race has the right to receive a higher education but sometimes their race affects their journey. Race can make life easier but it can also make it the toughest.
Race, religion--we've taken on some challenging topics in this issue! Thanks for sharing your ideas.
The Shreveport report was very good. It was very detailed and it seemed as if you guys had a great time. Seemed as if you guys learned a lot of different research topics at the Shreveport report. Great job on this newsletter it was great!
I agree. I like the interdisciplinary nature of that event. It helps to remind me that the things I teach in English are relevant throughout a student's education.
Reinforcing Reading Development
Sitting down to a good book is my favorite hobby. When I was a little girl, before I could read, my mom said I would cry if I did not know how to pronounce a word. Reading books will be a lifelong passion for me. It is the job of any responsible guardian to make children fall in love with learning new things. If the significance of a good education is instilled at an early age, the opportunities of success are endless.
I trust all birth to PK teachers in Arkansas agree with you! That is when our literacy skills begin.
I enjoyed the article by Ashley about teaching children about reading and how they learn and how to teach them.
I love that this article presents an image of a teacher's learning. We are so often called upon to be the experts that we sometimes forget our responsibility to be lifelong learners too. Ashley's frank depiction of herself learning while she is teaching is inspirational.
I love the new global map. Hello to readers all over the country and world!
Hello, Tara Rowe! I'm glad to find you are still reading and enjoying the newsletter. I look forward to publishing a contribution from you soon.