Fully realizing I might be the only one who’s like this, I have a confession to make: Sometimes I buy professional books that I don’t really need at the time.
I can help it, but I usually don’t want to. I’ve spent most of my career as a third-grade teacher, but perusing my library reveals all sorts of material for both early childhood and upper-grade teachers.
Ha! Over the last few days, though, that stuff has come in handy!
Because of self-quarantining, I’m spending a lot of time with my granddaughters, both of them emergent pre-readers. One is in kindergarten, the other pre-K. Not exactly my typical students, but hey–my certificate says I’m supposed to know how to work with them.
I hear kindergarten teachers everywhere rolling their eyes and saying, “Riiiiight.”
After a few days of stumbling through some okay lessons, I remembered that I have a professional library just waiting for a time like this! This morning I blew off the dust, did just a bit of digging, and lessons from years ago when I was in college came rolling back. Hey, I can do this. Maybe not with more than two kids at a time, but I can do this.
How do I know? Because this afternoon before she left, my oldest granddaughter said, “Grandpa, you’re a pretty good teacher!”
Yeah. I melted.