Today we are excited to welcome educator Lisa Langlois to the #MGBookVillage as part of our month-long celebration of educators!
Please tell us about yourself!
I have over 15 years of experience teaching grades 2-8. I’ve taught in the South, the East Coast, and the Southwest. My favorite grades are 4th and 5th. My most favorite subject to teach is math. I am that teacher who will read aloud during math class. (Ex. Math Curse, Anno’s Mysterious Multiplying Jar, Grandfather Tang’s Story, or One Grain of Rice.) However, my most favorite activity is reading and sharing books with others, especially my students.
What are some of your favorite middle grade books or authors?
Some of my favorite books read so far this school year are: Just Like Jackie by Lindsey Stoddard, A Boy Called Bat by Alana K Arnold, Perfect Score by Rob Buyea, Rain Reign by Ann Martin, The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Bradley, Ban This Book by Alan Gratz, and Sunny by Jason Reynolds.
What was your favorite book as a child? And why did you love it so much?
A book that I recall reading over and over as a young child is Are You My Mother? By P.D. Eastman. I could read it myself and I was fascinated by the little bird who searched for his mother. I was also comforted every time he found her at the end.
Who is you favorite fictional teacher?
My current favorite fictional teacher Mrs. Woods from Perfect Score. (It goes without saying that Professor McGonagall is always #1.)
What are the “hot” books in your classroom right now?
Graphic novels are hot. All the graph novels!
What advice would you give new teachers?
Do what you know is best for your students. Ask lots of questions. Breathe, deeply.
Teaching can be stressful. What do you do to keep yourself going?
Read of course. I also enjoy outdoor activities like cycling, fishing, camping, hiking and star gazing.
You can find Lisa on Twitter at @llangloisteach.
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