This year, we are taking a closer look at Every Child a Super Reader by Pam Allyn and Ernest Morrell. Pam gave us plenty to think about.
Here are three takeaways I'll be pondering this week:
- Read Aloud Every Day: Allyn reminded us of the power of read-aloud. I appreciated her distinction between an instructional read aloud and a ritual read aloud. While we've learned to weave read aloud into our instruction, carving space into our day for a read-aloud that offers an opportunity to listen and enjoy a story is essential.
- Relationship is Essential in the Teaching Reading: Across the day Allyn came back to the importance of relationship in reading. In discussing read aloud, she reminded us that it isn't the book as much as it is the relationship built between the book, the listener and the person reading aloud. She also discussed the power of intentionally building belonging and helping readers to be a part of our reading community.
- Stay Strengths-Based: Pam shared seven characteristics in staying focused on strengths. These included belonging, curiosity, kindness, friendship, confidence, courage, and hope.
The Questions I'm Pondering:
- How do we make sure our readers receiving extra support also have time for real reading?
- How do we shift from accountability to intentional decision making?
- What are the essential steps in learning to trust our readers?
- What message does our teaching of reading send to literacy learners?
- How do we strengthen our classroom libraries?