Donalyn Miller has been at the forefront of the “book whisperer” movement in American schools. To learn more about her philosophy and her ideas about how we as teachers can cultivate wild readers, check out this article featured on Scholastic.com.
Some key points:
Dedicate time to reading: If you don’t help your students to find the time to read, how can you help them value reading? We’ve made the commitment to allowing our students 10 minutes a day of reading in our classes, and the results have been awesome. Imagine high schoolers who want to come to class early so they can read.
Successfully self-select, and share books with others: It’s all about student voice and choice with the Common Core, so why not translate that to our journey to enhance the love of reading? Give students an opportunity to choose what to read. Create book lists. Encourage conversation about literature. The possibilities are endless.
Validate and expand: Praise those wild readers in your classes, don’t limit them. Teach them the appropriate times to read and when not to, but at the same time, give them opportunities to expand their repertoire as readers. Encourage new authors, titles and genres that will “push the envelope”, as Miller says.
Have any of these strategies worked for you in your teaching? Let us know!
We are excited to be presenting at “Leading Future Learning“, a conference sponsored by MassCUE and edtechteacher, at the College of the Holy Cross on Friday, March 6. You can register for the conference here.
At our 9:30 a.m. session, we will explore how technology has played a major role in the development of our year-long project to explore our students’ relationship with reading.
Let us know if you will be there!
Do high school students really hate reading? We don’t think so.
In our BYOD-centered school community, we have developed strategies to use technology purposefully, and have fostered a culture in our English classes that promotes the love of reading by encouraging students to use technology meaningfully to help develop skills that inevitably foster a life-long love of reading.
Using the Google Apps for Education Suite, various online tools and resources, and taking advantage of all of our students having a device in hand, we have developed strategies that have proven to be successful; evidenced not only by data we have collected but the style and tone of our classes.
When a student is equipped with a device, they can access more texts and investigate the world in which they live in a deeper and more precise way.
We look forward to the opportunity to share what we have learned two years into our BYOD initiative and how learning has been transformed in our classes because of technology. Our students are excited to learn, and are willing to use technology to collaborate and reflect on what they are reading.
We will be using this website to share, promote and collaborate with other educators. We look forward to you sharing how reading has changed your life, what strategies work for you in your classes, and how your love of reading has grown over the years.