4 thoughts on “Episode 4- Why “choice” matters

  1. I love your blog, but how I wish I could read your podcasts rather than listen to them. Just a thought….


    Mrs. Laura Bowman 5th Grade Humanities Hamilton Southeastern Intermediate 317-594-4120 lbowman@hse.k12.in.us

    “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” —Dr. Seuss



  2. I can completely understand this mom’s concerns. My younger son has loved reading since he first learned to read. From 3rd grade on (he’s going into 6th grade) he has had the one book for the whole class approach. They spend months “close reading” this one book (and answering short/long response type questions). This has led to some negative feelings about what he calls “school reading”. He views “school reading” as boring and tedious. He still looks forward to “home reading” where he can read what he wants to & read at his own pace. It makes me sad that “school reading” doesn’t feel exciting and engaging and that some great quality literature is kind of being ruined for him. He is off to middle school this year. My fingers are crossed for a reader’s workshop approach or at least some time for choice reading throughout the school year. BTW – I have to drive for an hour to take my son to piano lessons weekly so I am always looking for quality podcasts that center around literacy for the drive. I realized recently that although my son has head phones on he has been listening to your books talks. He asked me to stop at the library on the way home to see if they had one of the books you mentioned. By the end of the summer he is going to be a wealth of knowledge on best teaching practices in literacy! 🙂


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