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The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child 1st Edition
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The author pulled me in from the beginning by being a reflection of what I'd like to see myself be as a literature teacher. Mainly, she's able to turn non-readers into readers and to turn book loathers into book lovers. Her 6th grade class is challenged to read 40 books each year and most go even beyond that goal. But I work with adult ESL students in an American literature class. Could her methods work for them as well? In one week, I've already noticed an excitement from my book loathers when I announce that it's time for pleasure reading in class. They know that if they don't like something, they're not going to be forced to read it for "pleasure". And that seems to make all the difference to them.
I felt the need to underline passages and write in the margins of this book (a rarity for me) as I read. Miller talks about how important it is that students read to become good readers. This is why she feels so strongly about giving free reading time in class. She also feels that teachers should re-evaluate class activities to determine whether such activities are accomplishing anything or are mere busy work that could be replaced by reading time. She also expresses the importance of reading leading to private dialogue or "whispering" between student and teacher and between student and student. This whispering can be accomplished through letters back and forth between student and teacher and from individual student-teacher conferences.Read more ›
In the mean time, anyone who considers himself or herself a teacher needs to read THE BOOK WHISPERER. It's a book that gets right to the heart of what makes us readers and how to instill that love of words and stories in our kids. Miller goes right after so-called "tried and true" methods like comprehension tests, book reports, whole class required novels, and test preparation workbooks not just with empty criticism but with solid research that supports reading time and student choice. More importantly, she provides a healthy list of more kid-friendly, reading-friendly alternative strategies that teachers can use in their classrooms right away.
Truly, this book is a model for getting kids back to books they love, and it provides a great model for classroom teachers to follow. For those who aren't sure where to start, there are plenty of anecdotes, sample student interactions, and useful classroom forms to get new teachers started.
I'm both a children's author and a National Board Certified middle school English teacher, and I found myself nodding my way through these pages to the very end. Miller's ideas -- and they're ideas that smart teachers all over our country are using in various ways -- have the power to make a real difference in education.
She also loves being a teacher. She loves her job, respects her students and shares her love for books and reads with her students. She learns her students' personal reading preferences by making them fill out surveys at the start of the school year. Those who don't like to read learn to love to read by the end of the school year.
Her tips make a lot of sense. She suggests the reading teacher do the following: develop a personal library, create reading workshops, initiate book groups, allow students to read books they enjoy and don't demand book reports, have a reading corner with comfortable furniture available, and give the students some empowerment by working with their personal reading interests. If a student can read at least 30 minutes a day then the student is on its way on becoming a book whisperer.
One good tip for teachers: read more children's books and take recommendations from your students on what you should read.
According to Miller, there are three types of readers: the Developing reader, the Dormant (reluctant) reader and the Underground (gifted) reader. All can overcome their hesitance to read if teachers allow them to choose their own books to read. Her class day starts every day with fifteen minutes of "Independent Reading" where students can read whatever they want, a book, a magazine, a picture book, silently. If a book doesn't interest them after a few minutes, they can try another book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent strategies for developing the love of reading in the middle school classroom. Miller provides inspiration through the stories from her classroom. Read morePublished 19 hours ago by larry
This is a good book to read as an educator and reaffirms my beliefs that children get to be better readers by reading what they love.Published 14 days ago by Kindle Customer
Well written book on using reading workshop to help student build a love of reading. Using as a supplemental text in graduate course.Published 22 days ago by G. Vasoli
This IA an AMAZING book. I pray I am able to use these methods in my classroom.Published 1 month ago by Fan
Wish she'd been my teacher growing up. Agree with every practice covered in this book. Wish more teachers would adopt them. We might not leave anybody behind if they did.Published 1 month ago by Kevin Thompson
In light of the recent research on the failings of RTI, people will undoubtedly be looking for a new answer. Read morePublished 1 month ago by John Spencer
Hands down the most inspiring educationally-related book I've read. This is the perfect book for any teacher that needs some spark in their teaching!Published 1 month ago by A. Boelens
One of my favorite books I have read! I didn't want to put the book down! Great ideas and strategies for any language arts teachersPublished 2 months ago by Stephanie Raber
This book makes so much sense. As an educator I completely agree with Miller's findings. These simple principles if applied do work. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mariellen