Tag Archives: choice

Our Book Graffiti Wall

As a big believer in the power of choice in nurturing young independent readers, I’m always looking for interesting ways to activate and motivate students in that direction. Donalyn Miller’s Reading in the Wild (Jossey-Bass, 2014) gave me quite a … Continue reading

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The Battle of Summer Reading

Both of our daughters are avid readers. They read when they don’t have to. They know what it’s like to get lost in pages, stay up too late absorbed in a book, and be a fangirl for an author or … Continue reading

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Top Ten Lessons Learned: 2012-2013 Edition

For the last two years, I’ve written Top Ten Lessons Learned blog posts at the end of the school year. (You can see them here and here.) This time I’ve struggled with it. It was a rough year, really rough. From … Continue reading

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What Students Read When They Can Read Anything

Back in December, I posted a list of books students in my classes were reading. Now, four months later, my students are still reading, and I’ve added two new classes of readers to the mix. Today I made a list … Continue reading

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Review: SORTA LIKE A ROCK STAR by Matthew Quick

Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick My rating: 5 of 5 stars Amber Appleton’s life could be considered miserable. She is homeless and living in a bus. Abandoned by her father, Amber loves her mother, but her mother … Continue reading

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Does Choice Reading Create Ladders?

As regular visitors here know, my students read books of their own choosing every day for the first ten minutes of class.    Then they write blog posts about those books, and they write comments on each other’s book blog posts.  This … Continue reading

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Zapping Apathy with Daily Journals

What do I like best about the daily journals used by my Creative Writing students? Probably the surprises. Each day I write on the board: “Today’s journal topic,” followed by a prompt that comes to me or that I adapt … Continue reading

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Brit Lit: Reading, Writing and Relevance

This year I’m assigned to teach three sections of British Literature Survey, a one-semester class for seniors. I’ve taught this class before, but it’s been at least a dozen years since it appeared in my schedule. Brit Lit hasn’t changed … Continue reading

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