What I miss most about teaching my own class is reading aloud. I remember the excitement on my students faces as I opened the read aloud book. I remember my students staring intently in space as they visualized the world I read aloud to them in their minds. I remember the laughing, crying, and shouting out in dismay as the story evolved. I remember students asking for "...just one more chapter, one more page, please." I remember the sadness expressed when the journey was complete and we were no longer in the magical new world we discovered together. I remember the cycle starting anew as we began another read aloud. My two favorite read alouds were The Watsons go to Birmingham - 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis and The Lightning Thief (first in the Percy Jackson series) by Rick Riordan.
This post was inspired by Carol's Corner: A Few Random Thoughts on Read Aloud and A Year of Reading: Why Read Aloud. Both are great blogs and today's post were inspirational!