Presently and for the last five years, I have been a Reading Recovery Teacher. The brilliance of support and continued learning through this organization is overlooked by the educational field. Reading is a complex orchestration of processes in which a 30 minute lesson requires the skill and knowledge of a trained teacher to effect change. I don't mean to sound superior in any way, however it is the continued extensive training that ultimately supports my students and makes a huge difference in my teaching. After a year long training program, all Reading Recovery Teachers attend monthly classes in which we talk about research and how that impacts our practice. We observe live lessons and critique each other, supportive yet constructive. Visitations are set up on a regular basis where a Teacher Leader (my teacher) observes a lesson noting the language I use, the scaffolding in place to support the learner and the flurry of teaching decisions I make in a one-on one thirty minute lesson. If my students are going to eccelerate, I need to be on my game. This support is invaluable. After all these years teaching; I continue to learn.
My job is important. More than one student has thrown their arms around me and cried in happiness with flowing tears. "I can read!" Perhaps they entered my room with the fear that they would never learn to read. Everyone wants to learn how to read. Everyone deserves to learn how to read. I have an important job and I love it. The effectiveness of Reading Recovery is in part because of this support that is in place for me and all Reading Recovery Teachers. Why aren't all educators afforded these intensive learning opportunities? In turn, it makes such a difference for my students. I love my job; I am supported. I am grateful.