A Well-Lit Path: A Blog from Westtown School

Betsy Swan

Betsy Swan began her teaching career in 1986 working with middle school students, where she taught English, science, math, and film making. After nearly twenty years in the classroom, she earned a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science, and has worked in elementary, middle, and high school libraries since. Betsy is currently the Upper and Middle School Librarian at Westtown School. She is captivated by the process of helping students ask and answer questions, and dedicated to the cause of helping each child find things they want to read.

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Reading: There Are No Rules

Posted by Betsy Swan on July 6, 2017

I didn’t read when I was a child.

This is a strange thing for a librarian and former English teacher to admit. I hid this fact for years, ashamed, but becoming a librarian helped me understand it.

Reading is an act of many parts –  a desire to consume information or story; the physical act of eye movements; concentration, recognition, decoding – and as a society we attach not-so-subtle judgements to how we perform these acts. Many children struggle with reading, and they respond to the judgements without being able to parse the act of reading and figure out why there is no joy in it for them. This is where librarians (parents, teachers, big siblings too) need to don our super-hero capes and step in.

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Topics: Help with learning, Inspiring the Best in Kids