Strough Teachers Recognized by J.K. Rowling

Strough Teachers Recognized by J.K. Rowling
Posted on 11/09/2018

8 Strough teachers dressed as characters from the 
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling for Halloween. 
After tweeting a group photo they received a like from J.K. Rowling herself! 

Teacher Beth Whitcome said “I think that it reaffirmed the idea that as teachers, we have the power to bring books to life for our students and to instill in them a love for reading, on top of being someone who they look forward to seeing every day. 

Last year when I started at Strough I needed to find a way to really connect with my students and to get them interested in reading for fun. I spent a bit of time talking to them about my favorite books from when I was their age, and told them that the Harry Potter series was one that made me love reading. I asked if they would want to read the book, and to my surprise, many of them said they wanted to. That weekend I went out and bought the new illustrated edition, and we began working our way through the first book in the series. The change in their perspectives on reading was amazing. The kids transformed from a group who had little to no interest in reading into a group who begged me to read every day and would groan when we had to stop for the day. We worked on sequencing, cause, and effect, characterization, and had many conversations about how the characters in the book exemplify the characteristics of the B.R.A.V.E initiative that we have at Strough. This year they came in on the first day asking if we were going to read the next book in the series. I told them we could try to fit it into our schedule, and so we have been using it during our free reading and read aloud times. They absolutely love it, and when we showed the kids that JK Rowling herself saw and reacted to the photo they were in awe. To see them respond like that was truly one of those “teaching moments” that we as educators live for.”

What an awesome experience, great job! 

JK jk rowling

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