I’m back…

Not quite sure what happened… Other than, like winter, life sunk its hooks in like it was gasping for its last breath.

It feels good to be back in the saddle again. So good, in fact, I rolled out of bed at 2 a.m. Itching to share my next piece. Insane…I know but well worth it!

This has been a topic brewing for weeks now. Enjoy!

The Reading Specialist

I’ve collected these misconceptions from a plethora of people over the past ten years. Please note, I speak from my truth only and do not intend to imply these thoughts come from anyone in particular. I must start by clarifying some unspoken myths.

Myth #1
Reading Specialists don’t have a classroom full of kids all day. What exactly do they do?

I have 65-70 students a day. I have to know each of their strengths, deficits, and needs.

I may only have them for a short period during the day but that makes it even more crucial that I know what style of learner they are, what motivates them to learn; and for most of them, make sure they are are in an emotionally safe state so they can learn.

Myth # 2: Reading Specialists Don’t Have to Grade Papers?


This is correct. However…

We instruct, assess and reteach in the moment. That’s why small groups are critical. Reaching the needs of 1,2, and some times, 3, or 4 is doable. Much more then that is insane!

Because it happens so quickly we don’t always have time to write it all down so that nonexistent, 5 min. travel time, is spent reflecting and writing notes for tomorrow’s lesson.

Myth # 3: You don’t Plan? How Do You Teach My Students?


I can’t plan a weeks worth of lessons. I have to know my students well enough that I can have supplies and resources available in the moment. I have to be prepared to teach anything at any moment that would be appropriate for where they are at on the learning continuum.

Literacy is funny like that. While it is important that you teach literacy comprehensively there are skills that must be mastered before others can be mastered.

While those are my top three, I’m sure there are some more I could add to the list. So no, my job is not like the classroom teachers (thank goodness! I couldn’t do what they do! They have my highest respect) but it is important. In the end, we both want the same thing. That is, what is best for our students!

I hope you enjoyed! Have a fabulous day!


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I've been teaching Title I Reading in a rural Missouri school for the past 8 years. I'm looking to find other teachers with a passion for literacy. I want to share thoughts, ideas, and current research on literacy trends and issues. I look forward to learning with/from you all!!!

One thought on “I’m back…”

  1. LOVE your list of myths of a reading specialist! After 11 years as a classroom teacher, I have spent the next 9 as a reading specialist. The job is very different (and has a lot of great perks), but it is still a lot of work. Sometimes I am not sure all realize and appreciate the unique challenges of this career.

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