Teacher Donalyn Miller prides herself on turning her students into readers who devour an average of 50 to 60 books a year. In the first-part of a three-part series, she offers her secrets. Here is an excerpt.
How do you find the right books for your students?Read the entire article, entitled Creating Readers: Part I, for even more inspiration. I can't wait to read the next two installments.
As for finding the right books, I read tons of children's literature and am familiar with most of the big name authors. I can usually read one or two children's books a week and still have a life! This provides me with a large pool of books that I can recommend to students. Often if I have not read a certain book, I have at least read something by the same author.
Please give us a list of the top 5 things that you do to inspire children to read.
- Assume all children are readers and that they can be successful as readers from the first day.
- I share my personal love of reading, model my reading, and talk about the books.
- Choice is a powerful motivator for students! Although I do have genre requirements for the reading in my class, students get to choose which books they would like to read in order to meet these requirements.
- In addition to regular readers' workshop time, I give students time to read their independent books in class.
- When students come into to my room, they know that they have to get out their books and read until I start the instruction for the day.