The NetGalley community is rich with Booksellers, Educators, Librarians, Media, Reviewers and Bloggers who excel at helping books succeed and promoting a love of reading. We like to take a moment to highlight these members and share their stories with you. This week’s spotlight is on. . . Nicole Hadley, a teacher from Ann Arbor Adventist Elementary School (a one-room schoolhouse!).
Featured Educator: Nicole Hadley
School & grade level(s): Ann Arbor Adventist Elementary School, grades 1-8
When (and how) did you decide to become an educator?
I decided to be an educator in 2011. In 2011 I completed a B.A. in English at Andrews University. I decided to go to SE Asia to teach English. While in SE Asia, I fell in love with teaching. I returned to the US in 2012 and in 2013 I began a certification program. I began teaching full time in 2014. My first students in SE Asia taught me that I can be a good teacher. Each class is different as is every day. I
Can you describe your classroom/school?
I work in a one room school in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This year I am teaching grades 1, 3, and 5. The main classroom is where we spend most of our time learning. When we have hands on activities we go to our computer lab where there is most space. The gym is for recess and PE. We also have a choir and art room. I have eight students who all contribute to each other’s learning. My classroom has bulletin boards and posters that each student can gain from.
I have many books that my students can read during free time. I try to find books that cover a variety of interests.
Is there anything that your school does especially well that you’d love to continue and possibly expand?
My school does a great job of providing opportunities for students that most small private schools are unable to offer. My students have the opportunity of having French, Danish, Art, Computers, Choir, PE and chapel once a week in addition to their core classes. My students have the opportunity to give back to others in need. They receive quality lessons and those lessons are hands-on when possible.
When it comes to motivating your students to read and enjoy reading, what techniques or strategies have you found to be most effective?
I try to find books that are of interest to my students whether the books are physical books, or e-books checked out from the library. When it comes to book reports I find creative book reports that requires the students to put their knowledge of the book into practice.
In addition to teaching, you also blog about books – do you find that reviewing books helps you better incorporate them into your lesson plans? If so, how?
I am able to incorporate the books I review into my lesson plans. My students enjoy reading the books I receive from NetGalley. Sometimes I allow my students to choose the books we read together.
*Check out Nicole’s blog, A Window into Books!
Do you have a favorite moment when you provided a student with a book?
A favorite moment when I provided a student with a book was when I gave one of my first graders an e-books and he read the entire book. The student then proceeded to ask for more books like it.
Are there any upcoming book(s) that you’re excited about recommending?
If you could invite any author to your school, who would it be, and why?
I would invite Lois Lowry. She is one of my favorite authors. I respect her as a person and as an author. I think my students would enjoy a visit from her, as much as myself.
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