I teach fourth grade in a K-4 building. Usually, when my students leave me in June they are pretty on fire as readers. I always worry about them in middle school: will their teacher foster that love or will it be crushed.
One reader I had last year was even more on fire than the rest. She was nuts about reading. Her love of reading allowed her to develop a relationship over email with Tom Anlgeberger. A wiki created by her was a class favorite for book talks. She was the go to girl for book recs. I wasn’t worried about her at all. She would be fine in the middle school.
Fast forward to the third day of school this year. I got an email from a distraught young lady. Unsure what Lexile was, and why did it mean that she had to read “baby books”. Her mom called devastated, frustrated, and concerned. I talked with her, coached her, and helped her see that she could still be the reader that I cried to see go in June.
Fast forward to today. This was waiting for me in my inbox (names are changed):
Today I walked around the halls with Yoda on my finger!!! I gave Joe, Bob, and Jim and a couple more people random advice! It was fun buy I wasn’t as good as Dwight!!!
Not sure why, but the email told me that everything will be alright.
If we value our readers, not just value reading, everything will be okay.