Take a look at my newest blog site, literacylessons.wordpress.com  It should be easier to find, and it has a new look. If you have not checked out this particular blog before (I have posted some things on both sites, but some are original to LL.) you will find postings by students of Advanced Writing classes, statistics and thoughts on reading and writing, and comments on how schools and the teaching of literacy have changed in 50 years. In 2019, I will post books written by preK-2nd graders at the school where I volunteer on Tuesdays and stories of a new challenge at the Family Community Center where I volunteer on Thursdays. Even though I have officially retired from university teaching, I will continue to teach, but will not be paid for it. Come join me on my new adventure.


Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 plus 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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