Featured author: Reed Novel Studies
The Reed family (Joel, Sonja, and Nat) joined together to form Reed Novel Studies and publish a fantastic collection of resources for studying literature.
We chatted with Joel (representing Reed Novel Studies here) about his experience teaching and being a successful TES author, and here’s what he had to say about:
His teaching background
I was an elementary school teacher (grades 3-8) and principal for 29 years for the District School Board Ontario Northeast in northern Ontario. For the past nine years, I’ve been teaching Language and Literacy at Trent University's School of Education.
His motivation for publishing resources on TES
Teachers are always looking for resources that will help students learn more efficiently while having fun at the same time. I remember how busy I was as a classroom teacher -- I didn't have much time for creating units of study for all the subjects that I taught (often to double and even triple grades).
Advice for a first year teacher
The first year of teaching is often the most challenging. Teaching is a very demanding career because you are dealing with the lives of young people and all of the challenges associated with that; yet I firmly believe that it’s also the most rewarding career choice that I could’ve made. I would encourage new teachers to focus on the positives of their first year; for despite the discouragements, there will be many wonderful memories that they’ll be building. My first year of teaching was my most difficult, but also my most rewarding - for all the right reasons.
A time when he particularly impacted a student
In many of the schools in which I taught, we didn't have a music teacher, so I would bring my guitar to class twice a week and have a "sing time" with the students. Many of the students I met years later would mention this as one of their favorite things they remember about my classes.
Explore the valuable lessons of how best to conquer adversity with this comprehensive and integrated novel study guide, Island of the Blue Dolphins. Reed Novel Studies' resource contains everything you need for a unit study: vocabulary development, foreshadowing, character comparison, self reflection on Karana’s experiences, and interactive extension activities.
This is a fantastic resource about a fantastic book. It provides a wide array of activities and assignments for each chapter, many of which are quite creative. With an answer key provided, this Wrinkle in Time resource is easy-to-use and substantial.
This guide helps this super funny book come to life. There’s a plethora of activities per chapter that will help your students stay entertained while learning about different reading and language strategies. This packet makes it easy for teachers to just print and hand out while feeling confident that their class is being challenged.
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