As much as I am a fan and teacher of leveled small group instruction through guided reading, because guided reading is essential for a lot of our emerging readers, and guided discussion is essential for our word-calling non comprehenders...the rest of the time, students should reading the books they love, and lots of them! A child is not defined by their reading level. When I go to the book store or the library, no one tells me what to read, or how many books I can check out, no one tells me I can only read books on this shelf or that bin, no one tells me sorry we’re closed today and to come back next week, and no tells me my book choice is too easy or too hard. When I ask for help, they smile and help me, they suggest other books I might like based on books I’ve bought and checked out before, they hold books for me because they know I’ll be back, they know I’m their most excited customer, they never take books out of my hand and they invite me to come back anytime. And, as much as they love books, they love people and children more. Y’all, I have said this for many years...the school media center should not be the most underutilized room in the school. It should be the busiest room in the school, but it will only be as busy or dead as your media specialist and school literacy team allow it to be. In a K-5 school, set a goal to circulate 1000 books a day and then watch what happens in your school. Teachers, do like teachers do in Mena, they check out 50-100 library books a week from the media center for students to read during independent reading time. If your school has a library, open the doors and let the children in! #thisappliestoeveryone #helloquotebubbles #epicmistakes #growthmindset #norisknoreward #makeandlearn #teachersfollowteachers #teachersofinstagram #teacherspayteachers #helloliteracy
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