The Suitcase Library @ColletteR
You know when tradespeople go to work
They take their best tools for the job?
Well, teachers are no different
We have a gadget for every squad.
All children are uniquely different
And that’s what makes them so amazing.
As a teacher I know that reading is
The key to keep them gazing
Up into their imaginations
Shall I be a big bad wolf today?
Or maybe a brave, intrepid astronaut
And shoot up, up and away
My suitcase library idea was born
When I saw an old one in a shop
It’s dusty shell whispered to me
“Oh what stories I can swap”
I crammed it full of wondrous books
For those moments children say,
‘Oh Miss, I don’t know what to read”
“Oooh I have just the thing!” I’d say
I’d pull a carefully-chosen jewel out, just for them
And whisper of its merits
Would they dive in, accomplish something great
And in turn have glory to inherit?
That suitcase is well-travelled
Loved by children and staff as well.
But no one knows it quite like me
And the grand authors who often dwell
So if you ever need a classroom tip,
If a reader doesn’t know where to begin
Keep your suitcase library close by
For a nailed-on teacher win!
Name: Collette Waddle
Place of residence: York, North Yorkshire
Your favourite quote: Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Your one wish for the world: The only way to save animals is to save the environment in which they live. I wish that everyone would take responsibility to look after their world and our world. We don't own it, we share it.
Where can we find out more about you (Website link):
Why teaching is important to you:
I have the best job in the world - motivating children to be the best that they can be. I love their enthusiasm and innate curiosity about the world that they live in.
A small bio about you:
I've been a primary teacher for 17 years... the majority of which has been Key Stage 2.
I teach Y6 and have much experience in all aspects of SATs - including being an English Marker. I have a passion for literacy and have led mathematics across school. Reading is my everything!
The power of critique is something I have experience of, and use extensively in my teaching. I’m also teaching other year groups this year and doing some private tuition.
I have the best job in the world - motivating children to be the best that they can be. I love English - reading and writing are my passions. Poetry is hugely underrated!