What are the qualities of a Reading Teacher?

What does a reading teacher need to know?
Every state certainly has certification requirements that list coursework and or experiences that are required.  But is knowledge enough?
With the implementation of the Iowa Core/Common Core, teachers need a deep understanding of all the English Language Arts Anchor and Grade Level Standards.  That includes the 10 Standards for Reading Literature and Informational Text, the 10 Writing Standards, the 6 Speaking and Listening Standards and the 6 Language Standards. Why? Because those grade-level standards are the  learning progressions that are used to build the daily learning targets that provide the focus for instruction.
What are some other qualities Reading Teachers need?
  • A love of books!
  • To be a reader!
  • A passion for learning!
  • A need to connect every single student with that just right book!
  • The ability to scaffold and accelerate skills and understandings in ELA!
Here are just a few tweets from today’s Michigan Reading Association, Sunday, March 10, 2013, that emphasize some of those qualities.
“Jillian Heise @heisereads

Important for kids to know we have rdg plans. Kids see rdg like bungee jumping-well that was fun now I don’t have to do it again.#mra13

“Jillian Heise @heisereads

If we don’t read ourselves, we’re choosing to be less effective with our kids. -Donalyn Miller #MRA13

“Jillian Heise

For our kids who struggle, reading is nothing but hard…all day long. We need to show them the fun in reading too.@donalynbooks #MRA13

“Heather Jensen @hmjensen31

Reading teacher: a teacher who reads and a reader who teaches.#mra13”   @donalynbooks  Commeyras, Bisplinghoff & Olson (2003)

What do you think are the MOST important qualities of a Reading Teacher?

PS:  Do you recognize @donalynbooks ?  That is the Book Whisperer!

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