The fourth graders at my school have been exploring different careers and interviewed a variety of community members to learn more about specific careers. To prepare for this event, all of the students spent a lot of time developing questions for their individual interviews. I was asked to participate, but not as an educator. Instead, I was asked to participate as the President of the Virginia State Reading Association. While it’s not a career, my role in VSRA is related to my career and I was excited to share about this experience and how it connects with being a reading specialist.
The student who interviewed me was not one I work with regularly. This student usually seems pretty quiet, but after the formal part of the interview, he started to chat about reading and writing. As I listened to him, he reminded me so much of myself at that age. He eagerly described the different books that he liked to read (he’s a huge Lord of the Rings fan) and that he also liked to read his own stories. We had a long conversation during the reception held just after the interviews. As I munched on a cookie and sipped tea, I learned a lot about B and shared about my own life as a reader and writer. I realized that while I know the names of just about every child in my school (we have about 125 kids), I don’t really know a lot about the kids who don’t come to my classroom for additional support in reading. As I thought about this, I decided that I wanted to make a more concerted effort to connect with the kids outside of my classroom so that I don’t miss out on great conversations like the one with B today.