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I have loved reading for my entire life. In fact, my love of words and reading were two of the reasons I became an English teacher. As a young child, we had only a few books in the house, and I could read them all cover to cover before beginning kindergarten at age 4. In junior high, I read all the fiction books in the small school library, taking home 4-6 books every Friday. I read the Richard's Topical Encyclopedia set we had at home, and even now, at age 67, I still have the first book I ever bought on the Scholastic book form in 6th grade (with my own money.) I always wanted more books in our house, but my parents couldn't afford them. Every summer. twice a week, I walked the mile to and from the plaza to go to the Bookmobile.
I created a classroom lending library during my 37 years as a teacher, persuading many students who "hated reading" to give it a try. I introduced kids to other kids in different classes so the "readers" could make extra friends to exchange books and ideas. I loved helping readers to find each other.
In these COVID times, reading offers a calm and magical way to pass the time in the house. I am not sure what will happen in the Fall, but I read an article today about creating a virtual book club for students that sounds really interesting. I know that teachers already have so much to do, but I think a virtual book club could really help the kids who are struggling with too much alone time or family time at home. Here is the link to the project:
Whether school is virtual or in person, kids still need the support of their teachers. If you decide to give this a try, please let me know how it goes. Happy reading!
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Please invite Grady Gets Glasses (and me) into your school. if you are not in the Pittsburgh area, we do virtual field trips with a group called Field Trip Zoom. www.Fieldtripzoom.com and a company called www.StreamableLearning.com GRADY GETS GLASSES was the winner of Best New Children's Book 2016 and 2018 (new edition) from The Authors' Zone.Grady also won a 2018 prestigious Moonbeam Award for Best Children's Book with Merchandise.
Visit Dede's web page for complete details on her award-winning book, STUDENT TEACHING: THE INSIDE SCOOP FROM A MASTER TEACHER. Many colleges have made the book required reading. Signed copies are available www.dederittman.com Dede is also a national speaker on The Three C's for Classroom success: Confidence, communication, and Creativity; Avoiding Teacher burnout; and many other inspirational topics.
I LOVE writing. And I love writing children's books- my newest passion. Although it will be a ton of work, I am looking forward to selling my books. Since I was a secondary teacher, I know that I have much to learn about elementary students, and I will have to follow my own advice and be my genuine self. However, I also know that I am passionate about helping kids who have to wear glasses, and that GRADY GETS GLASSES sends a positive message. I am willing to work hard and do all the things that also made me a successful teacher for 37 years. I remain inspired!
Elementary teachers in Western Pennsylvania and beyond - I am willing to come into your classroom in person or as a virtual field trip through a group called Field Trip Zoom. Check them out! http://www.fieldtripzoom.com/
Teacher friends- let me know if you want me to read GRADY GETS GLASSES at your school. I am willing to come in to discuss the creative writing process, why writing is important, and personal fulfillment through writing, along with reading my book. I would appreciate the exposure, and I would make signed copies available for purchase in your classrooms following the reading. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org The website www.gradygetsglasses.com now has plush Grady bunnies for sale!
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