Monday, October 6, 2014

The Book Whisperer : Chapter 3

Want to start from the beginning?  Click here for Chapter 1 and here for Chapter 2!

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On to Chapter 3 of The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller. The more I read this book, the more I'm amazed at how easy it is to have my students read! 

Trust me, read this book and it will change your classroom forever!

There's a Time and a Place

Reading is the #1 literacy activity that will increase student's comprehension, vocabulary knowledge, spelling, writing ability and overall academic success.  With all these benefits, Miller wonders how could anyone NOT focus on independent reading in their classroom.  One colleague even asked her if she thought that her students would rush through their other work just to be able to read, and her immediate answer was "I sure hope so!"

That really changed my views.

In this chapter, Miller gives us tips and ideas on how to maximize independent reading in our classroom, as she is aware that not every school permits independent reading.  

Here's a list of times and places where your students could pick up their books and read :

  • After they're done their work
  • While you are interrupted (whether by someone at the door or a phone call)
  • Going to the school library
  • Picture Day (or any time when you have the whole class waiting for one person)
  • As morning-work, while waiting for everyone to be ready
One of my absolute favourite lines from this book so far is "Once students catch the reading bug, they will go to great lengths to find time to read."  Isn't this so true?  When I am enthralled in a novel, I am finding myself stealing every second of the day that I can to read even just a few lines, and our students will do the same!

This week, as your Chapter 3 freebie, I have made some really neat bookmarks as well as book recommendation post-its for your classroom.  The book recommendation post-its are really neat and encourage students to share the books they love by recommending them to others!  

You can download these freebies in my TpT store.

Don't forget - they might be free now, but when the book study is done, all my freebies will be collected into one larger paid product.  So hurry up and get them now while you can!  I really would appreciate the feedback as well.

Hope you're enjoying this book study as much as I am!

Read Chapter 4