Describe an interest that you had as a young person, whether or not that interest was recognized as learning in school. Write or make something about it that you can share with others … Tell us about what might have piqued this interest. How did you pursue that interest or what did it make you think about? What and who supported you as you dove deeper? In what ways were your interests connected to school, or not? What were the implications?
As a young person and even as an adult I very much identify as an introvert. I tend to be quiet, I prefer to listen, I value a few close friends over a large group of acquaintances and I have always felt the need to spend some time alone to decompress. As a child these moments alone offered me the opportunity to dive into what has become a lifelong interest: reading.
I come from a family of “readers” and that definitely helped me to pursue my interest. My parents would read to me each night before bed and model the life of reader at home by always having a book in their hands.Dinner time conversations often revolved around the books we were reading. Trips to the public library would result in stacks of books that I would devour in a week’s time. Read aloud in school was one of my favorite times of the day.
My love of reading continued throughout high school and college, and now as a teacher my passion for reading has expanded into the classroom. I love having “book conferences” with my students, discussing the books they are reading and their reading interests. These wonderful little conversations help me to really get to know my students. I love helping my striving readers find books that they can connect to and become excited about reading. Watching these students find an author, series or topic that keeps them reading is such a great feeling. And as an adult, read aloud is still one of my favorite times of the day, as I get to watch my students experience some of the same feelings I had as child. Developing the reading lives of my students is one of my favorite parts of what I do as a teacher and it all stems from my childhood interest in reading.