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Sunday, July 24, 2011

The Book Whisperer--Chapter 5: Walking the Walk

I liked this chapter. (Who am I kidding? I liked the whole book!) It made me think about myself and my practices in the classroom and at home.

I have read a lot of children's books, and I am not afraid to share my thoughts and ideas about books I have read with my students. Students feel comfortable asking me for a suggestion because I have read so many. However, I find that I am best at recommending to my more-developed readers. I taught junior high and 5th grade for a number of years, and during that time, I developed a love of literature for this age. I rarely read adult books, but I don't read enough books that are at a 3rd grade level. I resolve to do better at this, and I have tried to do that this summer.

One way that I am going to do this is that in my classroom, I am going to have a display showing the book that I am currently reading. I am planning to put myself to the same 40 book challenge that I am giving my students. I have created a list that I will have posted by my desk, and I will plug each book into its category as I complete it. Not only will this model reading, but it will be a reminder to them to keep their own list updated.

Click on the picture to access my book list that I will post by my desk to show me meeting the 40 book challenge.

To link up with others' ideas about this chapter, go to Create Teach Share.


Rebecca Rojas said...

Thanks for linking up! I am the same way about recommending books! I also need to be more familiar with books that would be appropriate for some of my developing readers.


Shannon said...

I'm going to keep a readers notebook along with my kids this year as well to show them that I am not asking them to do anything that I wouldn't do. (And I LOVE to read!)