I look forward to contributing in February. Happy holidays to all.
Thanks, Tara Rowe,
We can't wait!!!
As always, Great article Mr. Welch. "This Time of Year" was easy to relate to. The steps in your writing process are in my view, spot on. I believe you have hit it. By beginning with a student being able to reflect and freely express their life events, then transitioning their thoughts into the outside views. it joins them to the world, and they learn to communicate the experience through effective writing. very wise.
Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed the article. I try to give my students authentic writing experiences, and then grow those into much needed learning. I'm always experimenting and gathering data to push these experiences and guide my students. We are one great big lab and learn through each lesson.
Enjoyed the Newsletter. The article on young readers as usual was so sweet and promising. To see the young eager minds enjoying books, such a joy. I enjoyed the review on Pet. I want to read this story more fully.
Dr. Walter, I enjoyed your class so much. I could do that every semester until the day I died. LOL! I was not only given the knowledge from a wonderful professor and mentor, but I was given the opportunity to give and receive knowledge from young minds. The semester proved to have some challenges that I hadn't expected, but gratefully accepted them and gained personal growth from them.. Thank you for being willing to provide me the opportunity to continue learning while navigating the personal crisis that is in my life. Eternally Grateful!
Your graduate study was a blessing for you and me and also for the students. It was a rich learning experience for all of us, and it was the way I wish I had been trained to teach--learning, observing, discussing, and then practicing each lesson. There are freshmen with better grades and stronger writing skills because you were a part of their class. Their college-survival skills are strong now, and I have high hopes for them and for you.
Thank you Constance! This is truly and enthralling read. I’d love to hear your thoughts about. Happy reading!
Elizabeth, I would enjoy the conversation I’m sure. I’m learning more and more everyday about the joys and failures wrapped around the tiny seed we call reading. It is becoming a very big part of my life and future.
Before reading about the "effective early literacy" I was already thinking that it a was a great way for younger kids to become better readers. if a kid starts reading at an early age not only would the child be an advanced reader, it could also give them an advantage on comprehension. when reading theres always a message and the less a reader reads the less one could comprehend. while reading more one could comprehend more.
Hi, Patrick, I couldn’t agree more! One of the easiest ways my husband and I started with Courage was to prop up books for him for tummy time. We found it awkward to hold him and a book in our laps simultaneously until he was sitting well on his own, so this was a practical compromise. We’ve always said he clearly comprehends more than he speaks, although his speech is coming in leaps and bounds. Favorite new words gathered from books: snow and snowman.
I am so proud of my mom for continuing her education and for teaching me the importance of learning.
Learning is a lifelong adventure, Bree. It begins before we are born, and--if we are lucky--it never ends. That's why it's so important to help babies enjoy literacy experiences as early as possible so they grow into students and adults who embrace opportunities to read, write, teach, learn, and communicate. The more we all learn to learn and share information, the greater our potential becomes to multiply our success.
I loved reading the interview with Dr. Jones. He was an incredible professor when I was in the education program at UAM.
Dr Jones is a deep source of wisdom and a strong foundation for early childhood education in our world. He has been an essential part of the success of so many people. The teachers among them carry forward his goals of guidance, assistance, and decency. He is also the head of a family of effective educators. Stay tuned for stories from more of them!
Dr. Walter I really admire how much you love what you do as a teacher. You can tell by reading your article how dedicated to teach your students you are. I personally am excited to improve my writing this semester with your guidance.
I am happy to see another scholar eager to learn. I have had many classes with Dr Walter and have learned much because of her dedications to scholarship and her students. You will learn so much in her classes, questions are key.
Mr. Welch, while reading your article I can firmly understand the connection that you share with your students just based on what you have written. I, being a freshman just recently graduating from high school, can verify that students share strong relations with some teachers and can say that they are much like family to them. During my years at my high school, I found comfort in some of my teachers that share the same style of teaching and mindset that you do.
Thanks for sharing, I wish you well as you go through college.
Enjoyed this Newsletter article, because the passion you have with your students.You engage everyone to do their best and ask for help them develop their professional growth in what they love. I understand i can come to you when in need
Because I am an alumna of the university where I teach, all my students are very important people in my world. One of them, Constance, left a reply to your message which isn't threaded. Look for it below.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this newsletter! My favorite section was "Global Perspective." I found myself consumed in the excerpt from the young ladies blog and agreed with a lot that she had to say. I completely agree that at times the school system fails to prepare students for further education, and at times it can be discouraging to find yourself in an environment where the least is expected of you. Now that I am a college student feel as though high schools could tremendously improve on preparing individuals for college.
Lynsey, I thought I'd replied to your comment and I see now it didn't thread. You'll find my comment below. :)
A "Jay Davis, It is a wonderfully secure feeling to have instructors that are willing to go the extra mile to help you navigate. Higher education can be taxing. You are a lucky student to have Dr. Walter. and to have such insightful resources such as the monthly newsletter. Try to read it often, you can never tell when you will find an article covering the information connected to just what you need.
Thank you, Lynsey. I don't know how much difference there is in the Arkansas and Idaho school systems, but there is much that could be done to better prepare students in the core courses (English, Math, Science). We each recognize this more as we begin college than we ever did as high school students. Wishing you luck in your higher education pursuits!
This is a quite interesting article Dr.Walter because it fully describes how engaged you are with teaching your students and helping them to advance more in their learning styles. You have a very unique way of educating scholars and I can believe you will help me exceed.
Dr Walter's teaching style is very diverse. She has the innate ability to teach many students. She has helped me achieve many things that would have much more difficult without her expertise. Be sure to ask questions when needed and reach out to her.
Rumello Akins, You are so right. Dr. Walter has a very unique manner in which she teaches. She can teach higher level graduate students as attentively and effectively as she can teach entering freshman. Her dedication to her craft is far higher than many. Anyone who gets her as an instructor is going to have to prepare themselves to be challenged. She loves pushing scholars to new heights. Good luck.
I found this newsletter to be very interesting and I greatly enjoyed reading "Autumn Accomplishments" and "Global Perspective". Reading "Autumn Accomplishments" made me even more ready and excited for this semester. When I read "Global Perspective" I began to really think about how not only my high school could have improved but how I could have and still can improve myself in my college career.
Kathryn, the beauty of education is that if you work hard enough and open your mind to a world of knowledge, education can be extremely rewarding and a lifetime affair. You can always improve whether it's from the high school level to the undergrad level, undergrad to graduate student. You can even improve by reading a book each month that is out of your usual realm of interest or specialty. The sky is the limit!