Tuesday, September 14, 2010
What's Shaping Your Thinking?
While there are "old standards" like "Mosaic of Thought" by Keene and Zimmerman, "Guided Reading" by Fountas and Pinnell, and "Reading Essentials" by Regie Routman, there are also some books that are currently at the forefront of all my instructional thoughts.
I've mentioned a few of these here on the blog or via our Facebook page. I must add Miller's book to my list right now. And I need to "re-up" an "old favorite", Jim Trelease's Read-Aloud Handbook (the 6th edition).
These books are currently helping me rethink my own stand on the Reader's Workshop Model. They are reminding me of the importance of Reading, Writing, and Thinking for every reader every day. And, more importantly, they are reminders that every reader deserves to choose his or her own books for reading and NOT have to create a response for each and every book read.
I am excited to follow Miller's journey in her sixth grade classroom. I am excited to see how it will impact my work with youngsters at the elementary level this year. And I am so glad that my job, and my approach to it, are never stagnant in the area of literacy. In the words of Miller's mentor, Susie Kelley, "If you ever think you've got all the answers, it's time to retire." To that I say a hearty "AMEN, sister!"
Now, what's shaping YOUR thinking? Let's help each other grow!