It's time for #CYBERPD!
This years' #CYBERPD is going WILD, simply wild about reading! Professionals all over the globe are invited to read, blog, tweet, or share creatively as we read Reading in the Wild by Donalyn Miller, @donalynbooks. #Cyberpd is hosted by @cathymere at Reflect & Refine, @laurakomos at Ruminate and Invigorate and @litlearningzone at Literacy Zone. If you're interested in joining visit any of the blogs for more information!
The title alone had me ready to think about reading differently. Donalyn uses two terms "wild reading behaviors" and "reading in the edges" that grabbed my attention. As a first grade teacher I find most parents are eager to support their young readers and read at home regularly. This has been a gift I have taken for granted, but recently I have started to see a change. Families are busy with sports and other activities that sometimes over shadow the importance of reading regularly at home. Donalyn explains how this reading interruption- "Reading becomes a self-indulgent luxury we can't afford."
Readers, and parents of readers, can't afford to adopt this perspective of reading. As our students fall out of the habit of reading outside of school we need to step in- we need to show kids how to "read in the edges" and develop "wild reading behaviors." In these first 2 chapters Donalyn shares strategies for creating "wild rendering behaviors". She shares her workshop schedules, embracing self-selected books and setting up and caring for a classroom library.
As I read I began to reflect on ways I could foster "wild reading behaviors" in my students. I chose a
- As my students are learning to self-select books from our classroom library I would like to extend this lesson/workshop to the school media center a few times a week. By learning to self-select books outside of the classroom kids will begin to generalize book choice strategies and help them to choose books at the public library and book stores.
- Ask kids to sign the end pages of favorite books. These signatures can serve as an endorsement for future readers and it's just unusual enough to motivate readers to read highly signed books. This will also help me to recall class favorites and see what books the kids are drawn too.
- Begin holding book drawings for new books! As new books are introduced to the classroom Doanlyn shares how she shares a book commercial and then ask students to enter a drawing to be the first reader. The supply and demand of this book drawing creates great interest in the new books.
- How can I teach my readers to read in the edges, finding these little moments where they can steal a reading minute?
- How can I help parents understand the importance of wild reading and reading in the edges?
- How can I help parents support and honor self-book selection?