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Janale Aflague gets her students excited to read

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 by Jolene Toves

Guam - 7th grade Agueda J. Middle School teacher Janale Alfague has been teaching for almost ten years and in her time as a teacher she has passed on her love for reading to her students.

"It actually started all the way back in kindergarten," she recalled, "I knew I wanted to be a teacher since then my parents use to get notes home from the teacher because I would go around helping all the other children with their work and I wouldn't start on mine because I wanted to be that helper I wanted to be the one to help them complete their assignments that's when I knew I really wanted to be a teacher and it has never changed."

She added, "I did my student teaching in middle school and I ended up loving it I decided to into middle school versus elementary because I really enjoy reading I have always enjoyed it and I figured if I enjoyed what I taught then you know I'll be more excited every single day to come to school."

With an immense love for reading Alfague over the years has found and improved upon her style of teaching. She said, "I do a lot of cooperative learning a lot of discussions I do teach literature so it's a great jumping board for the children when we talk about what relates to them what happened in the story that's when they come to life because they have similarities with the characters in the books."

But not every child enjoys reading or can read at their grade level which at times can offer challenges but Aflague has found a unique way to deal with challenges such as this. She explained, "I try to work with their level like I said we have discussions in class and that is what pulls the kids in more if I just based it off the book then I don't grab their attention but once they see that they can relate to the characters with what's happening in their life then I see that everyone can be pulled into reading.."

Alfague says finding how a book relates to the students lives draws the child in and makes the story meaningful. "Towards the end of the quarter we read a novel that deals with racism, prejudice and we do a peace project during that assignment where they have to do random acts of kindness for someone else and to them that's different because its not something that they have to make it's something they have to think about," she said.

She says the students enjoy assignments such as this because it instills in her students that no matter how smart a person is it helps to be a good person...and that makes her students excited about learning. "I love that they are excited to come to class when they are sticking their head into my classroom between periods to look on the board because they want to know what they are going to do in my class," she said.

Her students' excitement in learning is her biggest reward. She says when she hears her students turning the pages of their books in unison because they are excited to find out what happens next in the story is her reward that in turn makes her passionate and a teacher with a touch of class. If you would like to nominate a teacher who has left an impression on you or your child's life email touchofclass@kuam.com

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