I am a big believer in art being cross curricular in the art room. In my mind, it would be ridiculous to try to teach art isolated from the other subjects...where would we get our inspiration! I read to my kindergarten students every time they come to me. I read to other classes when I can. I have a large library of reference books for students on animals, geography, art...etc.
HOWEVER....I am not a reading teacher. I am not trained how to be a reading teacher. As much as I love to read, I was placed in slow readers when I was in elementary school & I have a learning disability (more with my spelling/writing than reading...but I think it is all connected when it comes to such disabilities).
Why do I bring this up?!? Well, the special area teachers at my school are now part of "Learning Labs" in the morning which are reading focused. They have taken away our morning duty so that are planning time starts at 7:45. That allows us to have from 8:45-9:15 for these "Learning Labs". I have 16 students in my group. I'm not looking forward to this. In the art room I am confident in my ablity. I know my subject matter & never fear trying new things because I have enough background knowledge in the arts to make any project "work". Reading however...I am not confident. I love to read. Before I had children I read all the time(I still read...but now kids books...not really anything for me). This does not make me qualified for being a reading teacher. They have a "program" for us to use...and we don't even have to plan. Yet I still fear being asked questions I am unable to answer....or doing something that isn't proper reading etiquette. I fear screwing these kids up!!! I feel like a legless man being asked to teach people how to run.
Do any of you have to teach outside of your subject area????