**Once again, a cross-post from our 4th Grade Reading Blog. Our assignment is for students to make a personal connection to their reading, specifically in the form of a character. We would relish your comments!**
Professor Minerva McGonagall is a tremendous figure. She is the Head of Gryffindor House at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. She is also a teacher of Transfiguration known famously for her tabby cat animagus. She is a no-nonsense teacher with a heart of gold. She is well respected by all of her colleagues and beloved by her pupils. She is a fierce defender of all the is good and a voice of reason in the midst of chaos. She is not afraid to roll up the sleeves of her green velvet robe and flick her wand in the protection of her children, most notably, Harry Potter, Ronald Weasley, and Hermione Granger. She teaches with a combination of tradition and finesse and has the highest of expectations for all of her students.
In short, Professor McGonagall is all I would hope to be as a teacher. A combination of love and expectation, providing the highest level of instruction for each of my students. Knowing each of my students and caring for them as individuals. Respecting the growing minds and hearts of the children and serving as their compass. Allowing the students to make mistakes in order to help them grow. These are all of the things I hope to be as an facilitator of learning. I may not have a wand or a fancy black hat and I certainly cannot turn myself into a silver cat, but I hope that when my students come to the room from time to time they have a bit of magical feeling in their hearts and minds. I may be strict, I may have high expectations but I hold my young humans in high esteem and wish for them all of the world’s best even when it may seem as our times become ever more turbulent.
Who do you relate to from your reading? Is there a character who stands out at you and provides you inspiration, comfort, or guidance? Tell me about it.