It's hard to believe, but TODAY is the last day for participants to jump in to our conversation (see here) on reading instruction with Kelly Gallagher—author of Readicide: How schools are killing reading. After three days of brilliance from dozens of commenters, I feel good about what we've learned together.
If you haven't had a chance to stop by yet, you might be interested in the following strands of conversation:
On the first slide, Attila Uregen wonders whether we can really blame Readicide completely on schools when he writes: "Reading , as form of entertainment, enjoyment and the assimilation of knowledge is being killed by technology innovations as well as home life to a greater extennt…Don't you think?"
On the third slide, Patty McClune argues that surrounding kids with text should not be left to classroom teachers alone. School and public libraries are perfect places for beginning the kinds of lifelong book floods that Kelly describes in Readicide. Patty writes: "But I also think it’s critical for students to become familiar and comfortable with the culture of libraries so they can take ownership of their book selection in and out of school. Sort of the same idea as if you give a man a fish you feed him for a day, but if you teach him to fish he can feed himself for life."
On the eighth slide, FlitterFly and I start to wrestle with an interesting question: How will building principals react to the kinds of instructional practices that Kelly recommends in Readicide? After all, without their support, we're in trouble!
On the last slide, Kelly and Alice Mercer are working through an interesting concept together: Are students capable of reading entire novels? Is it possible that some of the reading troubles we see in schools might just be a reading endurance issue instead of a reading comprehension issue.
So stop by Voicethread today, huh?
Find a way to contribute to this conversation before it closes to comments tomorrow morning! While you'll always be able to access the dialogue and share the link with colleagues, today is your last chance to lend your thoughts to the collective knowledge we're building together.