Well, friends. It’s the last week for The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller. I have loved reading this book and seeing how others are planning to put Donalyn’s ideas into practice. It will certainly take some adjustment for primary, but I feel inspired to do the work and make reading more than just a content area for my students.
In Chapter 7 Donalyn tells us that we must do more. We must take initiative and make a difference for our students. She quotes several eighth grade students who tell her she is the only teacher they ever had who was passionate about reading. What a sad thought.
So, to recap my plans for this year and the changes I’m going to make to implement more of The Book Whisperer into my classroom…
- I am reorganizing my classroom library to make it more child friendly and adding text levels to the books so students can better select books for independent reading. (I was going to have this done in June…I go back to school in two weeks and it’s barely started….I’m working on it!)
- I am adding more student selected reading time to my literacy centers with a couple new options for reading seating.
- I am implementing Reader’s Notebooks with some type of book tracker (Mrs. B. First Grade has a perfect primary one here) and keep a notebook for myself.
- I will post what I am currently reading in my classroom.
- I will use a survey to learn more about my students’ preferences at the beginning of the year and an end of the year survey to reflect on my practice and their habits.
Lastly, I will talk with teachers about my plans. We need to work together to see any real change in practice and student outcomes. Just last week a wonderful teacher friend of mine posted on Facebook that she thought testing was driving out a love of reading in our students. She is probably right.
If you haven’t read The Book Whisperer yet, RUN for your copy now and I hope you love it as much as I did.
If you’re reading along, or have already read The Book Whisperer, I’d love for you to link up!