I am a lifelong Special Education teacher who is dually certified in Elementary Education. I have been Nationally Board Certified since 2002. My friends have affectionately referred to me as the "Queen" since I served my state as the "2004 Florida Teacher of the Year." My number one mission has always been simply "to make a difference."
First grade is the year when students start reading chapter books. As the first few start with chapter books, every eye in the room begins to eye the bins with those golden books! You always have at least one child who pretends they can read the harder book, even when they are reading significantly below that level. They will often sneak a chapter book into the backpack and proclaim to all their friends on the bus that they can read the book. Today, however, a child did something I haven't seen done before. He took all of his independent reading books and put them one inside the other and with a sly smile proudly proclaimed that he has his own chapter book! Not bad! A truly creative mind!