Everyone’s learning experience starts some what the same. Our first teachers are our parents and siblings. They teach us so much. Our families help mold us into the people and learners we are today. Our parents teach us our letters, colors, and how to count to ten. My parents also taught me to love reading and encouraged me to fill up notebooks with my thoughts. I am so grateful that my parents were readers. I watched and modeled their reading habits. We made several trips to the library and left with our arms full of books.
My learning and love for reading did not stop when I reached Elementary school. I had some great teachers. One teacher that I will never forget was Miss Clark, my third grade teacher. Miss Clark encouraged us to be readers and writers. She helped boost my confidence by telling me that my response about “My Favorite Place” was one of the best she has ever read. I don’t remember what I wrote was my favorite place but her encouragement made me feel like I was good at something (even though I couldn’t quite get the multiplication cards that she had us work on every week).
I was fortunate to have several amazing teachers through out the years who pushed me and encouraged me that I could do all the things that I dreamed of. A great learning experience happened after my freshman year of college. I was at Subway and ran into three of my high school teachers. They asked me if I was still studying Language Arts Education. I said I was but was having trouble deciding if it was where I was supposed to be. I didn’t think that I could make it. It had been a tough semester and Ed Psyc. had worn me out. They reassured me that I had the ability to do it and that there would be a few hard classes. I learned that it was okay for not everything to come easy to me like it had in high school. Learning sometimes comes in the struggle of figuring things out.
One thing that I have learned in the last few years is that reading and writing have to become a lifestyle that you live. You can’t expect to know everything when you leave the walls of Chadron State to adventure out to your new teaching job. You have to understand that you are still learning things everyday. I honestly can not wait to share with my students all that I have learned and to understand that they will teach me as well. I am so excited to get to be lifelong reader with my students.