This week, we read from Penny Kittle’s “Book Love”. What I liked about this weeks reading was the focus on the growth of the students as readers. I was never a strong reader, so growing was really exciting and sometimes frustrating for me. I loved to read, but could never find the passion. Kittle talks about book logs and journals that help her navigate where her students are as readers. This tells her what books they are reading, how fast they are reading them, and how well they are understanding them. It is important for students to see that you are taking an interest in their learning/reading lives. I really liked the section on determining difficulty. Students should be challenging themselves to read harder and larger books. If students are reading from the same genre and same difficulty level, they will never grow as readers. One thing that I do not agree with is the reading rate. It should not matter how many pages they are reading or how fast they are reading. This is one of the biggest reasons that I disliked reading was due to a pressure to perform.
But besides that, I really like Kittle’s idea to make a community of readers in the school. Students should be able to book talk a book without looking like a nerd and should be able to share their books with others. She talks about a schoolwide reading break which I cant see happening simply because some teachers do not want their time interrupted, but I think it would be a great idea. I think it would be a good idea and great student project to have a pinboard outside of your classroom with book recommendations for the students. Each student takes a week and posts their recommendation on the board. The student will get credit based on how well they recommend the book, and all the students can see that the class is reading and sharing their experiences.