I write this post not to shun, not to rage, and not to put down. I write this post not to say what is right or wrong, but instead to add a little tiny piece to the ongoing discussion of where reading logs may or may not fit into our classrooms. Of the damage and… Continue reading On Reading Logs
I originally wrote this post in 2015 and thought it needed an update, so here you are. Dear administrators, whether principal, coaches, or anyone else who supports reading education outside of the classroom. I have been pleading with teachers for a few years to please help students become passionate readers. I have given as many ideas as I… Continue reading Be a Reader Leader – What Administrators Can Do to Promote a Reading Culture
It appears that in our quest to make sure students can comprehend what they read that we have lost our common sense. That we have started listening much more to programs, politicians, and shoddy research than the very kids who the programs are happening to. That we have pushed the ideas of teachers aside, of… Continue reading A Call for Common Sense Reading Instruction
33% of my 118 7th graders told me they had not read a single book last summer. That books were just not their thing or they were simply too busy. 33%…Many of them told me they had read the book club books they had been assigned the year before but not that much else. Some… Continue reading The 7th Grade Reading Challenge
But how do you know they are reading? How do you know they read at home? How do you know that what they are reading is worth their time? Is challenging them? Is what they should be reading? These are the questions I am asked a lot. These are also the questions I juggle myself.… Continue reading Are They Reading At Home?
Choice. The number one thing all the students I have polled through the years want the most when it comes to reading. No matter how I phrase the question, this answer in all of its versions is always at the top. Sometimes pleading, sometimes demanding, sometimes just stated as a matter of fact; please let… Continue reading The Reading Rules We Would Never Follow as Adult Readers