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
I have not hidden the fact that my oldest daughter has been a developing reader for the past 2 years. That something that came so easy for me, has been a fight for her, where the words stammered and stuttered and her frustration grew. But. We just received word from her teacher that she is… Continue reading A Parent’s Role in Protecting the Love of Reading
I met my first book abandoner my very first year of teaching. Yet, he was not your average run of the mill book abandoner. No, he was the “look you straight in the eye and ask you what you are going to do about it” kind of abandoner. So I did what I knew best;… Continue reading The Questions to Ask When The Kids Aren’t Reading
We seem to be run by the rules of what came before us. We seem to be trying to uphold traditions that were started all in the spirit of becoming better reading teachers. And yet, I think it is time for us to break some rules, to become reading warriors, and to speak up and say… Continue reading Some Rules We Need to Break In Our Reading Classrooms