I decided I wanted to teach reading.
Pros: developing a positive, healthy relationship with students
Cons: not being able to teach reading all day long!
I witnessed a tremendous amount of students in Lawrence that were being asked to take standardized-grade level tests that they couldn't read. Even without testing, being able to read is something they'll need to have in academic surroundings, and in life. There is a good amount of reading instruction at the elementary level, but none at the middle school level. In addition, part of the problem is the transient nature of the student population. In short, because of what I'd seen, reading instruction was the area that needed the most focus and was the best way to get each student to become more of a participant in school. The most enjoyable part of the work was when I found an article, a play script, or a short story that the students had strong opinions about because it proved to them they have something to offer.