Monday, September 29, 2014

The Book Whisperer : Chapter 2

Missed Chapter 1?  Read it here!

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Are you ready for this Book Study Blog Hop? This week, we read Chapter 2 : Everybody Is a Reader and it's fantastic! Read on for my thoughts and then follow the links at the bottom to read more from other fantastic collaborators.

Everybody Is a Reader

In this chapter, Miller explains how she starts her classroom off on the first day of school to make sure that reading is at the forefront of everything they do. She allows students to explore the classroom library by hosting a book frenzy.  Students, as well as Miller, spend time looking, sharing, reading and recommending books from the library. 

In her classroom, there is no mention of not wanting to read.  She doesn't acknowledge those comments - everyone is expected to read.  There is a book out there for everyone, and if a student picks a book, starts reading it and they don't like it, they are more than welcome to pick and read another one!  Easy as pie!

One thing that I've never understood is why we read to developing readers (struggling readers).  These students need to read even more, but yet we are so quick to offer them reading software and programs that read for them to allow them to "succeed" in school, without realizing the detrimental effect this has.  In the book, Miller mentions a study that shows that these developing readers are reading 75% less than their peers! 75% less!  That's absolute craziness.  These students need to read, and need to read because they want to.  The key?  Choosing the right book and setting up the right classroom atmosphere.

On top of the book frenzy, Miller has her students filling out various interest surveys to get to know them a little better.  This information is vital to what happens next : personal recommendations by the teacher.  Miller takes her observations from the book frenzy as well as these interest surveys and will make individual recommendations for every single one of her students.

She will find a book that she believes will suit a student, write a post-it note as to why she believes they will enjoy the book and leaves it on their desk.  There is a book for everyone, she just has to find it!  Children love stories, Miller just helps them bridge that gap and show them that books have the same magic that video games and TV shows have.  

In my classroom, one thing that will be implemented immediately will be this open relationship with the classroom library and books that Miller has in her classroom.  To start, students will definitely be filling out interest surveys and I will do my best to start recommending books!  

For the next 6 weeks only, these Reading Interest Surveys are available to you for free.  After that, all products from the 7 chapters will be bundled together in one paid product, so head on over to my TpT store now to get your copy today!

Read Chapter 3