" To improve reading skills, educators must foster a lifelong hunger for reading and knowledge among students. Join this web seminar to learn about myON reader, a program that develops “hungry readers” by matching students with nonfiction books matched to their personal interests and reading level."
In a world that advances by the second and lives are lived twice as fast as ten years ago are our habits really meant to stay the same? Today I was on the train from London and everyone seemed to be busy on phones, MP3 players and tablets. Even I had my favourite gadget, my iPod. But the real question you should be asking is not 'what did I have in my hand?' but what I was using it for. The answer: I was reading... read more
Much of this is what we have been hearing forever, it seems, but make sure you get down to How To Bridge The Reading Gap. Noted literacy researcher, William Brozo, has some sensible ideas that work and are very replicable, including honouring personal choice of reading material.
Via Heather Stapleton, Marita Thomson
"Over the past year or so I’ve been working especially hard on trying to turn more of my male students into lifelong readers. Too many of them fake read or doodle or try to goof around during SSR. So I’ve been making a conscious effort to read more guy friendly young adult novels to include in my classroom library. These have been the most successful. Also, if you know of any other young adult novels that are popular with boys, please let me know. This is a forever work in progress."
"There is ongoing discussion in education about teens not reading as they used to do. However, this is confused by different perceptions about what ‘reading’ means. Because of the digital environment, literacy for teens today may involve multimodal delivery platforms. In other words, they’re still reading (and writing) - just not always in the traditional ‘book’ way.
This section looks at the area of teen reading, the benefits, motivations and types of reading that they engage with."
How to Read Like a Writer Francine Prose “Part of a reader’s job is to find out why certain writers endure. This may require some rewiring, unhooking the connection that makes you think you have to...
Via Lynnette Van Dyke
"As of right now, I have a book club formed with my students from tenth to twelve grade. They pick the books and we read them. Actually, they take turns choosing the books with the promise that we will finish any book that has been picked out of respect for the picker. In my place of work, I have had the wonderful opportunity to be trusted. I asked for a set of books, and if the budget allows, they are purchased. My closet consists of wonderful, new fiction and nonfiction that is written for a 21st century teenager."
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