Monday, October 20, 2014

The Book Whisperer : Chapter 5

Missed a couple of chapters? Before you read on, catch up here :

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If you've read through all my other blog posts about this book, you'll notice how excited I am about this book. And chapter 5 doesn't disappoint! It's not a very long chapter, but it's an important one. A very important one.

Walking the Walk

Are you a reader? Do you always have a book in hand? Do you share with your students about your reading experience or do you keep it hidden?

When I was younger, I always had my nose in a book. I always had one with me, up until my early to mid- twenties. I would be the one to whip out a book anywhere I was - Dr's office, in line at the grocery store, waiting for the bus, etc. Unfortunately, I don't anymore (I believe it correlates with my first smartphone... hmmm...), but I still consider myself a reader:  

Saturday mornings, there's nothing better than sitting on the couch, sipping my coffee and reading my book. If it's a great one, I'm often reading it until I'm done!

Every night before bed, I have my nose in my book. Unfortunately, that can lead to some late nights if it's a good book, but it's always worth it!

I belong to a book club that meets up once every two months to chat, eat and discuss our thoughts. Our next meeting is in December and we're reading Defending Jacob by William Landay.

I have an ereader that is bursting to the seam with books to read, I have 3 borrowed books from the library that are impatiently calling my name and two more that I've bought recently that are also on my to-read list.

So yeah, I'm a reader. And yet, I have never shared that part of me in such a way that shows my students that reading is fun. Reading is enjoyable. It's an amazing past time. I have talked about various books with different students, but it's always just been a quick :

"Have you read this one Mme?" (I teach in a French school)

"Oh yes, isn't it great! It made me cry." 
"Me too!"

That's it. I have asked to borrow books that my students have brought to class (and vice versa), but they're quick, small exchanges that go unnoticed by other students.

I walk the walk. But not really. If I did, every student would know about my love of books. If I shared my passion, if I started really recommending books, having long, meaningful discussions with students over certain books, making a big deal out of going to the library every week, I'd probably see a big difference in my classroom.

Although I'm glad I read this book now, I'm a little sad that it's taken me 7 years of my teaching career to do so. I'm sad that my previous classes never got to really learn to enjoy reading (other than the ones who already did). And I vow not to let that happen again.

This is what chapter 5 was all about. About walking the walk. You want your students to read? Then show them why it's enjoyable. Show them why it's a part of your life.

And if it's not a part of your life, then make it a part of your life. Find 15 minutes a day to read. Steal those precious minutes. Because if you don't take the time, your students will know. And they won't take the time to read either.

I am not including a product today with my blog post because I think the message here is very clear. Instead, I want you to take those few minutes it would have taken you to download my free product and go read a book.  

And then let me know if it's a good book so I can read it too!

Read Chapter 6