iLit's Customer Care Managers work closely with teachers and administrators to make sure students are getting the most out of iLit. In this post, we'll meet Laurie Mosier, the Customer Care Manager for the Western Region.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’ve taught middle and high school English and I have experience in K-12 education as a demonstration teacher, curriculum specialist, and staff trainer. I currently live in California with my husband and two boys. When I find spare time, I enjoy reading, baseball season, and spending quality time with family and friends.
What kind of a reader were you in high school?
I was a very reluctant reader in school and struggled as a result through my middle and high school years. I could read words on the page but found it difficult to make meaning because I really lacked the skills necessary to access more challenging text. It wasn’t until late in high school that I really started to enjoy reading and take an interest in making connections to stories, characters, and engaging with language and literature in a way that helped me to understand the world around me.
What was your favorite book when you were in high school?
The Great Gatsby was the first book I really enjoyed reading, even though I struggled horribly with the symbolism, metaphors, and vocabulary. I know this sounds cliché, but it’s true…I had an amazing English teacher – Ms. Borkat. And, yes, she was as tough as her name implies! I never did receive a very good grade in her class but I do credit her with helping me to improve my reading comprehension and develop confidence as a reader. To this day, my favorite book is The Great Gatsby. I read it once a year, every year.
Do you read more fiction or nonfiction?
I appreciate all genre of literature, but my “go to” is typically non-fiction or really good historical fiction. I LOVE reading about real people, places, experiences, and all of the struggles, triumphs, pain, and sheer joy – the full range of emotion — that connects us as humans and comes alive through reading.
What's one way technology has changed the way you learn?
Technology allows us to communicate, create, collaborate, and connect with people, places, and experiences both near and far. When I think back to my high school days, I was typing papers on a typewriter, alone in my room, driving to class to hand-deliver it to my teacher. Today, I’m connecting virtually with colleagues, collaborating on shared documents, and publishing work online for the world to see. I couldn’t imagine learning without technology! I think iLit is a perfect example of this type of technology – one that allows us to teach, learn, and experience literacy in a way that is dynamic and engaging.
What's your favorite part of iLit?
The iLit program has so much to offer, but my favorite instructional components include the Read Aloud/Think Aloud (RATA) and the Interactive Journal. Powerful reading intervention and/or literacy development include a combination of reading instruction and opportunities for students to demonstrate their understanding. RATA provides explicit reading instruction facilitated by the teacher, vocabulary taught in context, and plenty of opportunities to reflect, discuss, and write! As a result, students engage core skills, interact with content, and accelerate reading comprehension and achievement.