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of the works of Katie Johnson
Katie Johnson is a teacher of young children, and her passion is to open up for them the world of reading and writing.
For many years, Katie Johnson believed that grammar and languages were the most fascinating part of her life, and teaching children to write was her focus as a teacher. For the past fifteen years that fascination has been edged aside by learning about developmental movement and vision and how they affect the lives of her primary-age public school students. Katie presents her discoveries in her latest book,
Red Flags for Elementary Teachers.
Children have a lot in their heads already; my job is to help them use their own ideas — and their own passions — to learn to write and read. When they learn “from the inside out” that what they are and do and think is perfectly acceptable, they believe that they are, each one, perfectly valid and acceptable. They believe that they are worth writing and reading about, and they can do it. Each child can say, “I am me.
I am good. I am worth it.”
Red Flags for Primary Teachers Wins Award
Red Flags for Primary Teachers has received an Honorable Mention award in the 2013 Great Midwest Book Festival contest, announced in November 2013. Contest organizers congratulated all who placed "in a very tough competition." Red Flags for Primary Teachers presents many puzzling children, students Katie has worked with during her teaching career in Maine and in Shoreline, WA. The book is organized into three parts: What I See, What I Do, and What I Have Learned. Each child is presented in a story, a short vignette of classroom life, described in an informal retelling of what the child does that makes Katie concerned about their vision - that is, a red flag. There are about 25-30% of children in primary schools today who have some problem with their vision. "We need to work on this," Katie Johnson says. "It is really a national disgrace." Each child in the book presents a different problem, either a problem of vision or a problem of developmental patterning: tracking; double vision; skipping lines in a book; writing in a triangle down the side of a page. In the "What I Do" section, Katie gives directions for activities that might help resolve or ay least improve this problem. "I hope this contest success will highlight the issues raised in the book," Johnson says. "It is a great pleasure to me."
“Childhood is a journey not a race.”