Here are some of my guiding light beliefs:
To grow strong readers: cultivate an environment where students read voluminously.
To grow strong writers: teach craft, write often, relish the process.
My dream for each student: that they will become curious, passionate, engaged learners. That they will become kind and thoughtful people. For life.
To be clear, some things I don't believe:
That it's possible to "fix" reading or writing problems with six to eight week "interventions".
That high scores on year-end tests are our most central or important goals.
I need to buy that Courage To Teach poetry book. Or better yet, create my own.