Donalyn Miller says she has yet to meet a child she couldn't turn into a reader. No matter how far behind Miller's students might be when they reach her 6th grade classroom, they end up reading an average of 40 to 50 books a year. Miller's unconventional approach dispenses with drills and worksheets that make reading a chore. Instead, she helps students navigate the world of literature and gives them time to read books they pick out themselves. Her love of books and teaching is both infectious and inspiring. The book includes a dynamite list of recommended "kid lit" that helps parents and teachers find the books that students really like to read.
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Finding the Joy
This book has freed me to become the teacher I knew was inside me somewhere. I've always been that compliant child/adult who pretty much does as she is told. We are instructed to teach Language Arts and Reading a certain way, and even though it sucked the joy out of me as well as my students, I complied. With each page of The Book Whisperer, I felt myself embracing every thought and agreeing with every idea. Even though we are three months into the school year, I am going to start implementing student choice reading. I am already planning for next year with a sense of excitement, joy, and hope. Thank you, Mrs. Miller.
Great book for a Reading Teacher
I have spent many years teaching reading and have listened to many different presentations about how to teach reading. I even have a Masters Degree in Reading. Mrs. Miller sums up years of study in just a few short pages. This book has helped me refocus and fine tune my approach to teaching reading. It is a great book for any Reading Teacher.
Every teacher of reading needs to read this book. This book has set me free to do what I've always known was right.