I am very lucky to have a good collaborative partner in Rain because our discussions have taken us deep into thinking about readability and measuring fluency in young readers. Admittedly, because I am not a professional teacher, Rain and I had to look for resources to back up our discussions. And we did manage to cover a lot of ground in our collaborative exercises. However, because we have full-time work commitments, we’re still not done with our collaborative exercises.
The choice of topic for our collaborative exercise was my choice because I find reading an interesting subject to teach. My mother, a reading and literacy major and ESL teacher, taught me and my siblings to read even before going to school at 5 years old. When we were in kindergarten, we would have reading drills with my mother. While I used to find this a chore, I like going through the reading drills with her and listening to my voice “at, bat, cat…” while reading out loud.
I guess the reading drills somehow made reading easier for me. My father is a voracious reader and that instilled the habit of reading. I got high marks in reading comprehension and I took pride of filling up my library cards when I was in elementary. In high school, I was in search of more challenging reading materials, and I had to learn “speed-reading” in college to catch up with the required reading materials. I read when I feel bad or when I have something on my mind. Somehow reading clears up the clutter and gives me eureka moments.
And now, because of the collaborative exercises, I may be following my mother’s footsteps and taking up her interests in teaching reading and literacy. For several years I’ve done development work and I tried to finish (but failed) my masters degree in Urban Planning and I’ve thought of pursuing Public Health because of my current work and interest. But the passion to read, and the responsibility as a mother to pass on reading habits to my son has somehow been slowly taking a front seat. I have an undergraduate degree in literature that I’ve wanted to put into use. Reading makes me happy, why not pursue it full-time? I may follow my mother’s footsteps and take up reading and literacy for my masters degree. I may teach reading to small kids in my spare time when (and if) I finish PTC. I don’t know. Let’s see where the discussions on reading in this class’s collaborative exercises and my reflections on it will take me.