“A Teacher affects eternity. She can never tell where her influence stops”
-Henry Brooks Adams
I had the distinct pleasure and honor of once again meeting with David Bouchard, an amazing Canadian author, yesterday at our principal’s meeting. David is a huge literacy advocate, but did not read a book until he was 27 years old. He was a teacher, principal, and author. He worked with a Learning Disability (Dyslexia) and could not read or read music.
David shared much of his thinking around reading. I have paraphrased his message and my own thinking below but I think his outlook and thinking has been huge in setting up schools to be able to set up our students for success. He has been given the Order of Canada and now has just had a school named after him. He was a teacher and principal, and is now an accomplished author and literacy advocate.
The ticket to freedom for our kids is through reading… Reading is not a science, it is a humanity. Kids will read when they are ready, and we have to help them to think and wonder and see the purpose in reading. It is about “Stories,” not “books.” They need to talk to grandma, grandpa, mom, dad, aunt, uncle, etc. When they run out of stories, go to our Learning Commons and find more that they want to read!
David shared that he feels schools are not for kids, they are for kids who can read. We need to help each and every one crack the code and find their purpose in reading.
What is “The One Book” for each of our kids? If you have not found that book for them, WHY NOT? We have the power! They will do anything for us! EACH and EVERY one of us is some kids hero…
Why is reading so important?
- Reading is the key to success.
- Reading is our passport to freedom.
- Reading builds self-esteem.
Kids Need 3 Things…
- Time… There is too much testing and it is too early. Let’s spend real time doing real learning. Kids need time!
- A Hero… They need to see US reading! Do kids see us reading? Is reading truly important to us? We need to but on our hero pants and role model…
- Books… Books that are accessible and inclusive, and that are personally given and recommended, creating that emotional connection!
What is your “One Book?” Mine was “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing” which I was introduced to in grade 5. Now… There are just so many!
Work hard, learn tons!