We say we believe in choice for all but it appears that all doesn’t really mean all. That our stipulations get in the way. That we fill our choice with “but’s…” and then wonder why kids tune out, disengage, and cannot wait for school to be over.
So we say we believe in choice for all
…but not for the kid who didn’t read last night.
…but not for the kid who doesn’t understand what they are reading.
…but not for the kid who doesn’t know how to select the right book.
…but not for the kid who keeps abandoning the books they choose, clearly they are not ready.
We say we believe in choice for all
….but not for the kid who needs intervention.
…but not for the kid whose words cannot be trusted.
…but not for the kid who hasn’t earned it.
…but not for the kid who keeps reading the same thing.
…but not for the kid that won’t read unless we sit right next to them, reminding them to keep their eyes on the page.
We say we believe in choice for all, but do we really? Or do our “but’s” get in the way?
If you like what you read here, consider reading my newest book, Passionate Readers – The Art of Reaching and Engaging Every Child, out August 2017. This book focuses on the five keys we can implement into any reading community to strengthen student reading experiences, even within the 45 minute English block. If you are looking for solutions and ideas for how to re-engage all of your students consider reading my very first book Passionate Learners – How to Engage and Empower Your Students. Also, if you are wondering where I will be in the coming year or would like to have me speak, please see this page.