Four years ago, my summer reading included The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller. It changed my life. It also changed the lives of over a hundred students, so far, that have passed through my classroom. Simple truths in Miller's book brought me to tears because of how deeply they resonated within me. Students don't learn… Continue reading True Love: Reading
While reading will never go out of style, ebooks are fast replacing tried and true real books. I have mixed feelings about this since I love the weight of a real book, the sound of the pages turning, the smell of the paper. I love seeing the cover on my bedside table, and I love… Continue reading Real Books
I've taught Reader's Workshop for two years. I am no expert, but I know it's the right way for me to teach reading to my students. This year I have a combination class of fifth and sixth grade students. None of them are struggling readers, but not all of them like it. On the first… Continue reading Reader’s Workshop for the First Time
First posted on The Crazy Corner blog, here it is in its original form. Not every child will go on to invent something like the iPhone, but they all will make their own way through life, and fantasy can teach them the skills to make the right choices. Bruno Bettelheim, in his 1975 book… Continue reading Why Should We Read Fantasy?
I've just returned from the Asilomar Reading Conference, put on by the Santa Clara County Reading Council. I've always wanted to attend this conference because it's for teachers, it's all about books, and it's held in one of the most beautiful locations in California. Asilomar was built in 1913 by Julia Morgan in Pacific Grove,… Continue reading A Love of Reading