reading children’s and young adult novels, we can recommend books to students.
The Fifth Edition of Scholastic’s The Kids and Family Reading Report found that
“nearly three-quarters of both boys and girls (73%) say they would read more if
they could find more books they like.” Can our personal reading help meet our
professional goals? We can help students
find books they like if we know what’s out there!
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Kids and Family Reading Report
reading picture books, we identify mentor texts for our writing instruction.
Writer Ralph Fletcher reminds us, “The writing in a classroom can only be as
good as the literature and the writing that supports and surrounds and buoys it
up.” How can we facilitate great student writing without sharing great
Great reading supports great writing.
- By reading nonfiction, we model inquiry. We can’t expect our students to be interested in a variety of nonfiction topics if we aren’t interested in a variety of nonfiction topics. By reading newspapers and magazines, we collect relevant high-interest articles for use in our classrooms. Reading fills our professional toolbox.
- By reading online, we take note of the strategies our students need when navigating digital texts. We can share and teach what we learn from our own experiences.
- By reading professional journals and texts, we practice reflection. Professional reading often provides strategies and refinements that we can use immediately, even the next day.
- By reading fiction, we learn empathy. Our profession is about much, much more than content. Fiction expands our experiences and helps us understand all of our students.
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- Jan Combs, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning
- Stephanie Loane, Director of Elementary Education
- Tom Bell, Director of Special Education
- Jeff Harrison, Director of Educational Technology
- Phil Lederach, Director of Secondary Education