- Chapter 3: Wild Readers Share Books and Reading with Other Readers
- Chapter 4: Wild Readers Have Reading Plans
Stop by Laura Komos's blog today, Ruminate and Invigorate, for today's discussion.
After three previous years of participation I can tell you I am amazed by how much I learn as I move from blog to blog. I value the varying perspectives from other colleagues joining the conversation. Because it is the conversation that matters, I suggest reading and commenting on at least three other posts each week.
Connected CommunitiesDonalyn shares a quote by Jeff Wilhelm (loc 1760) that will stay with me awhile this year, "What's your bottom line? What do you really want to happen for your students? Now, how does what you do every day serve that bottom line?" When I think about my upcoming work alongside students needing extra support as readers, I am continually drawn back to this idea of the significance of reading community. If I want these students to become passionate about reading, I know they will need the support of their reading communities. I'm continually asking how I can support these students in building a reading life beyond our time together. Donalyn reminds us, "At the campus level, scrutinize every component of the school day to determine if your procedures, policies, and systems support or hinder students' reading. (loc 1836)"
To help shape the reading lives of young literacy learners I want to be able to help them to connect: connect with other readers (community), connect with a next book, and connect with story. How can I lift readers up to help them see themselves as part of this reading community?
- Create a reading "hub": My hope is to recreate my Weebly site to serve parents, readers, and classroom teachers. This will be a place to provide information to parents "about the importance of daily reading, increasing book access through libraries and book ownership, and promoting the value of reading aloud (loc 1809)" to children as well as share recommendations for books with families. Additionally, this site will be able to house links to digital reading work students have created and recommendations for books. Perhaps an "iRecommend" page can house blog posts and video commercials for books.
- Create reading clubs: Leaving the classroom is going be hard as I know I will miss being a part of this community so I'm trying to rethink my community. How can I create a culture of reading in our school? Creating reading clubs to provide opportunities for readers to connect with one another is at the top of this list.
- Share my reading life: I keep track of my reading (usually) on Shelfari, but I would like to make this visible to the readers I will be sitting beside each day. Creating "shelfies" of my favorite titles and displaying my "currently reading" (loc 1809) books is at the top of this list.
- Provide opportunities for students to share their reading lives: I'm thinking a display outside the room I'll be working from is one way to honor the reading lives of my students. Displaying covers of their current recommendations with stars and explanations might be a great way to start. (Tapping into their home reading lives early is going to be a first step in this journey.)
- Lift reading voices: With a little help from the school news team, readers can share book titles with our school community. (Book commercials, loc 2206)
- Book swaps (loc 2785): I'm thinking the idea of having students bring a book from home (or choosing from a collection of books I need to weed from my old classroom library) and hosting book swaps before breaks with students I will be supporting is a great way to send the message of the importance of continuing to read. It seems like a fun way to celebrate reading as well!
- Graffiti Walls (loc 2177): Creating spaces, digital or paper, to share favorite lines from books would be one way to honor the voices of readers and build community.
- Rethink grouping: Look for opportunities to have readers learn alongside other readers within their communities to form connections to support readers across the day.
- Develop reading plans (loc 2511): Consider the reading plans students have during their reading workshops and when taking reading home. Help to make connections to next books and create reading plans. (This video with Tammy Mulligan demonstrates one way to help students learn to make "reading plans." It is Choice Literacy premium for member access.)
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Join us next week as we discuss chapter 5-6 with Michelle Nero at Literacy Learning Zone.