Hi, I’m Jackie. Welcome to Create a Literate Classroom, a new blog focused building a literacy-rich classroom environment. I’m a social media junkie, a mom of two amazing boys, and a reading specialist in St. Louis, MO.
Blogging has been a hobby of mine for a long time. I started ready-set-read.com in 2010, when my boys were babies. At the time, I was a stay at home mom and blogging was my connection to the “real” world. I never expected that social media and blogging would connect me to wonderful teachers around the globe, but it did! Who knew that twitter could reshape your philosophy of literacy instruction?
There is nothing like a late night twitter chat to get my teacher brain cells fired up, but I don’t spend all of my time online reading educational blogs and hanging out on twitter chats. I also love pinterest, spend way too long trolling facebook, and get great laughs from hilarious youtubers.
This school year, my coworkers and I started a blogging club. Initially, I was going to fire up ready-set-read.com. When I went back to that site, I found that my blog posts from 2010 fit me about as a well as my pants from 2010! Yikes!
I chose to create a blog about best practices for creating a literacy-rich classroom environment. To me, a literacy-rich classroom is a learning community that offers students sustained time to interact with authentic, engaging texts that are chosen by the student. A literacy-rich classroom fosters engagement through responsive teaching that lifts children to their next possibility as a reader, writer, and thinker.
When I ponder my work as an educator and think about my vision for a literacy-rich classroom, I found these three words to describe my vision. Joyful. Engaged. Responsive.
My definition of a literate classroom centers around those words. It’s a work in progress- a draft version of a definition. It is a definition that I hope will change over time through my collaboration with other educators on this blog, through twitter, and on my new facebook page.
I’d love for you to join me. I look forward to learning together!