Hi there! My name is Megan Smith. I’m a teacher living and working in the same area where I grew up in Southern Illinois. I’ve worked with kids from kindergarten to sixth grade. I’ve worked in public elementary schools and charter schools, urban schools and rural schools. I’ve been a substitute teacher and a paraprofessional, a co-teacher and had my own classroom. I’ve worked in schools with 200 students per grade level and schools that were so tiny that they had combined classes of only 14. The biggest class I’ve taught was 52 students large, and the smallest class I’ve taught had only five students! I am currently the literacy teacher for grades 3 and 4 at a small, rural school nestled on the banks of a big river.

Throughout my journeys as an educator, I’ve always had my eyes and ears open to what is effective, what is research-based, and most importantly: what instills a lifelong love of reading and writing in my students. Because of this, I firmly embrace balanced literacy, and I have become somewhat obsessed with Reading and Writing Workshop. I hope to use this blog to share my love of balanced literacy, Workshop teaching, and how I bring my passion for both to our cozy classroom. Thanks for reading!

PS: The name of my blog, One Book, One Pen, comes from the breathtaking quote from Malala Yousafzai: “One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” I carry this quote with me and believe in it with my whole heart. As I say to my students: Okay! Now go change the world!