MY PASSION FOR READING

Literacy and Me

Recently I finished and reviewed Will Schwalbe’s The End of Your Life Book Club. In another of Schwalbe’s books, Books for Living, in the introduction, the author makes a statement that expresses my own philosophy/passion for reading perfectly. Schwalbe states:

“As for me, I’m on a search –and have been, I now realize, all my life–to find books to help me make sense of the world, to help me become a better person, to help me get my needs and the  big questions that I have and answer some of the small ones while I’m at it.”

My passion in life, in addition to walking a Christian path, is to promote literacy, providing any encouragement to read and write, at all levels. So far, I have taught reading and writing in some form for children through graduate students for the past fifty years. I am a voracious, eclectic reader…

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Author: Rae Reads

This year (2019) finds me with 50 years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

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