Pretendía poder leer...pero ahora sí leo de verdad.

Updated: Apr 18

La situación de Patty era fácil de entender…. ¿cómo podría admitir que estaba en cuarto grado sin saber leer? Por supuesto … era mas fácil hacer parecer que leía, imitando lo que normalmente hacemos al leer: llevar el dedo de izquierda a derecha y renglón por renglón, sonreír de vez en cuando y abrir los ojos al mirar cada ilustración en el libro… sus compañeros en el salón jamás se habrían enterado de que realmente para Patty … leer no era mas que un “show”.

¿Pero como era posible que esto hubiera sucedido? Muy sencillo: Patty ayudaba a su madre quien sostenía su propio negocio de limpieza y por lo tanto para Patty un día de escuela se podía convertir en un día para dormir en casa y recuperar el sueño de una noche de trabajo limpiando pisos, pasando de edificio en edificio. Cuando la jornada de trabajo es desde las 7 pm y hasta las 5 am, al llegar a casa a temprana hora de la mañana, seria imposible seguir derecho para ir a la escuela y por lo tanto la asistencia escolar para ella era entre el 40 y 46% del calendario escolar. Sencillamente no había habido tiempo suficiente para aprender a leer y a escribir.

Pero yo siendo su maestra, debía tener la respuesta a su situación.

Aunque rara vez esté Patty en su pupitre y sea poco el tiempo que pueda dedicar a sus labores escolares....mi deber es y mi compromiso es que Patty aprenda a leer.

Si alguna vez te has sentido en una situación en la cual, tus retos no son nada, comparando con los retos de los demas...Esto fue lo que paso....





Becoming Patty's teacher helped me to reflect on my own fears as a new teacher. I was able to see her struggles through the lenses of my limitations compared to hers. This was a very vivid example of how sometimes we think we are struggling.... But in reality... "Challenges are real! Many times others have it worse".

I started to read and to research everything about bilingual education literacy best practices when I came across Dr. Stephen Krashen's article about Self-selected Reading. To this day... Dr. Krashen still preaches that children read what they are interested in and therefore; sad but true...the worse gift one can get is: "a book"!

A self-selected reading is a joy. A book that somebody else picked for you is a different feeling.....

I became a great observer of Patty's habits and preferences, which became evident in spite of how little she came to school. She always wore Barbie shirts. She packed her school supplies in a Barbie backpack and in everything that she owned she kept the same pattern! Obviously Barbie was her favorite doll. As I discovered that Barbie was truly her interest, I asked my father in Colombia to find every book, every magazine, and every comic-book that featured Barbie and to bring these to me as soon as he could.

He did such a great job! Even I was excited to read about Barbie en español. Once the books arrived and were displayed in an area of my room labeled SSR Zone (for Self- Selected Reading), a new horizon opened widely! As a result Patty gravitated to the SSR Zone even during recess time and at first she would always bring a good-reader friend to sit by her and go over the articles, the stories, and the comic-books together. Patty paid closed attention to the reader's ability to sound letters, combine syllables, and recognize short words at ease. She quickly picked up on the art of "decoding". With a little help, which maybe the only credit I get....and a lot of "game-like" practice with paper plates, cards, easy readers, her fluency improved daily.

In no time... my entire 4th grade class had been spending more time reading than any other class in the 4th grade level. I guess everyone had a hidden love for Barbie and reading had became a joyful, interesting, and amusing task!! As a "new to 4th grade" teacher...I knew that I had to take advantage of this sudden joy for reading by helping my students to connect their Barbie readings to creative writing responses. A win-win-win for students taking state assessments in both reading and writing skills.

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