Loved reading this blog from a teacher in Chicago. Some really good points, particularly liked the point that reading makes students own creative writing better. Likewise the importance of teachers letting go of the control sometimes. It goes against the grain of our natural desire!
Over the past 18 years, I’ve done my share of “traditional” teaching: I chose a book, I decided how many pages my students would read each night, I wrote questions to see if they read the book, I came up with what I thought were awesome projects so the kids could have fun after reading the books.
Then, about six years ago, I started realizing that most of what happened in my classroom was about ME, not about the kids. I try not to beat myself up about it, because that was the way everyone in my department taught, and honestly, it was the way I had been taught. The thing that changed was I started reading more than I ever had before.
I started to read professional books about literacy instruction.
And I stepped up my reading of young adult books in an effort to overhaul my classroom library.
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