What I'm Reading (2011-2012)
To say that I have been inspired by Donalynn Miller's Book Whisperer would be an extreme understatement. This year, one of my goals is to give students time in class to read every day and to arm them with interesting books. I've only been doing this for a week now, but I'm amazed at how few students are off-task during reading time. I'm learning quickly that if you give students really great books to read and time to read them, they will read.
I've also been inspired to post pictures of the books that I am reading on a cabinet in my classroom, and I'll be doing the same here in my quiet little corner of the web.
UPDATE: I'm no longer posting pics of the books that I'm reading on my classroom cabinet because I have created a giant decoupage ode to Edgar Allan Poe on my cabinet instead. Don't worry--I'm still promoting literature, just in a different way. Meanwhile, the more books I read, the more I find myself discussing books with and making recommendations to my students.