I had bought this book on my Kindle, but decided this morning to buy a hard copy. This is one of those books that I know I'll be referring to or re-reading each summer!
I've never lead a book study so hang in there folks. The introduction was so quick and to the point with no nonsense, which is just what I like. On page 2 Donalyn says that many students don't see reading as meaningful in their lives. I know that's true, but I just don't understand it! This happens to have been a discussion I had with my firsties several times this year. Why is it important to know how to read?
Donalyn explains that she shows her love of reading to her students. I am a reader too. I was the kid with the flashlight reading just one more chapter under the covers! Have I told my students that?
In Chapter 1, page 11, I fell in love with this quote. "I know from personal experience that readers lead richer lives, more lives, than those who don't read." I may even share this quote on parent night. I'm even thinking I will show my first graders this quote. I don't know how to stress enough to my parents that reading has to be happening at home as well.
On page 18 Donalyn writes, "These days, I share with my students what no literacy expert could ever teach me. Reading changes your life." I must have read that five times. I think I need a sign that says, "Reading Changes Your Life."(**See post above for poster freebie)
As teachers we all have our favorite units or books or science experiments. Our students are enthusiastic about them because WE are enthusiastic about them. (I try REALLY hard to be excited about teaching the rock cycle, but I think my students see right through my act.)
So this is what I'm wondering:
1) What quotes stood out to you and why?
2) What did you do in your classroom this past year to show enthusiasm for reading?
3) Is there something you want to try or want to change in order to get your students more excited about what being a reader can do for you?
Here are my answers:
*We had Read-a-thons as a reward. The kids could lounge on the floor and read. (They love that word "lounge." They will do anything to have ten minutes to lounge and read.) They were allowed to bring as many books to school as they wanted, and they could swap books with each other. And while they lounged and read, I was lounging right next to them and reading too!
* On the first day of school I have a cute little poster about myself that shows a family picture, my favorite book, my favorite snack, etc. This year I want to introduce myself through books! For example, "Fancy Nancy" to start because I do love me some fancy clothes and shoes. I like "The Dot" because I'm artistic, or "Pinkalicious" because pink is my favorite color. And "Alice the Fairy" because I am excellent at using my imagination. Those are just a few I can think of. Maybe that would help my students to see that books have meaning for many reasons.