Today was the first day of a two day conference for reading teachers. There was a lot of good information. The thrill of the day was getting to hear Judith Schachner speak. You may know her as Skippyjon’s mama:
“My name is Skippito Friskito. (clap-clap) I fear not a single bandito. (clap-clap) My manners are mellow, I’m sweet like the Jell-o, I get the job done, yes indeed-o. (clap-clap)”
Or you may not know her at all. But as a reading teacher it was a thrill to meet her. She gave a very good talk about her background and why it is important to allow children to use their imaginations and dream. It turns out she came from a very hard childhood and her escape was drawing and her pets. Inspirational that out of her personal adversity came this series of books which have brought joy to many, many children. And a few adults.
In the car, many plans were talked about for the next school year. The principal kept referring only to J. as the reading staff next year. I don’t want to have to leave the best job in the world.