Yesterday in class we had a wonderful discussion about an interview with Donalyn Miller, the Book Whisperer. Here are the topics we hit.
Her attitude- laid back, not stressed
No problems with administration
No popcorn reading—YES! I have always hated that method
No reward system- reading is its own reward
What about giving books for rewards? –Good idea
Lots of ways to get books
All children are readers
She creates a realistic reading experience
It’s ok to drop a book
Kid focused– creates lifelong readers
She shows her challenges
We also agreed that a fun, comfortable reading area would mock a real life reading experience.
No free time
The system. School vs. learning
Time in class
Time outside of class
Time to conference
Assessment- how do we know they are learning?
I think Donalyn Miller really knows what she is talking about and her results show it. It would be exciting to see all teachers using her methods. Think about all of the positive reading experiences that would be given to students.
What is your favorite method that Donalyn Miller uses?