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Learning to read nonfiction text is a difficult skill for many emerging readers.  Mrs. Downing, the third grade Reading teacher, asked me to teach a lesson on reading nonfiction using a text about China. 

To prepare for the lesson, I took the nonfiction information cards home to review.  Mrs. Downing let me take the answer card, too.  I read all of the text and all of the questions.  I answered all of the questions and had my sister check my answers because, when you are teaching, you want to have the right answers. 

During class the next day, I placed the task cards in different places in the classroom and hallway.  I divided the class into small groups and the groups went from task card to task card, reading the cards and answering the questions.  At each station, I checked the answers of the students.  If students were wrong, they were directed to work with a partner to reread and figure out the correct response. 

After all students worked at each station, students returned to their seats and I led a discussion over the information on the task cards.  We learned information like the capital of China is Beijing and the Himalayan Mountains are near the southern border of China, just past Mongolia.    

I enjoyed teaching third graders because I like seeing that third graders can work out the answers, even if they get it wrong the first time.  They are terrific problem solvers!  Teaching can also be frustrating and challenging.  Some kids always  figure out the answer and say it out loud so not everyone had to figure out the answer on their own.  It was frustrating because I asked them many times to let everyone have an opportunity find the answer and save their answers until everyone has completed the task. 

Although I enjoyed teaching, I think I want to be a professional dancer when I grow up.  Maybe I will teach dance when I retire from professional dancing.

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