Welcome to Read and Write Like It Matters. Here you will find resources and tools to help you shine as a reading and writing teacher! I'm Mrs. J and I have been a teacher for 7 years now. I am currently working as a K-12 reading specialist, but the majority of my teaching experience has been in middle school language arts classrooms, both urban and suburban schools (in 3 different states I might add!). I have a master's degree in literacy education and my passion is teaching creative writing, specifically poetry!
I believe with all my heart that reading and writing matter. It seems that in today's schools these two art forms sometimes get lost and buried beneath worksheets and mind-numbing assignments. What I strive to do as a teacher is to demonstrate that both reading and writing have the ability to change minds and hearts. They allow us to step into the shoes of others, past and present, in countries all over the world, or even people who live right down the street. They help our minds grow and develop. They allow us the opportunity to give thanks for our blessings. They can make us laugh. They can make us cry. They can help us through our darkest days. They can preserve our most precious moments. It is for these reasons that reading and writing matter!
As you join me on my reading and writing journey as a teacher, I hope you will be inspired to dream and create beautiful words and stories that can be shared with your students too! I will be sharing the books I am reading, poems I am writing, photographs I am taking (that inspire me to write), lessons I am planning, and writing that inspires me- whether that be a poem, a page of my favorite book, or a story written by my incredibly talented student authors! Let's get reading and writing! 📓