|Scooped by Dennis Richards|
"After my first year of logging [the] books [I read each month], I didn’t feel it was enough to model and share my reading with my teachers. In December of 2011, I read The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller, which is a MUST read if you have anything to do with teaching literacy. One of the studies she sited in this book found a link between the reading habits of teachers and the reading achievement of their students (Lundberg and Linnakyla, 1993). The take-away from this study is that if we want our students to read and enjoy it for the rest of their lives, then we must show them what a reading life looks like. I decided to take this one step further and do a better job of modeling reading for my teachers. I was already maintaining a staff blog for a weekly memo, so I decided the best avenue would be to start logging my books onto shelfari and then add a widget to my blog so that staff could easily see what I’m reading (you can see my shelfari bookshelf widget on this blog to the right as well). Since doing this, it seems like most of my teachers are reading more–both professionally and for pleasure. It could be that they were reading this much before and it just got them talking about their reading more? Even if that is so, I know that the discussions and book recommendations help build our learning community…impacting our staff and students."