- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers; 1/16/09 edition (February 2, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1571107800
- ISBN-13: 978-1571107800
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 138 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It 1/16/09 Edition
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About the Author
Kelly, a "baseballoholic" and a self-described expert at negotiating airports, is in his 33rd year of teaching at the high school level.
He currently teaches at Magnolia High School in Anaheim, California.
He believes that "there is no greater pleasure than teaching someone something." Teaching is "artistic, it matters a great deal, and I can never get the job down perfectly."
Kelly thinks that professional development should treat teachers as such - professionals. "I know in the classroom that good things happen when my students have meaningful discussions. I know as a teacher myself that my craft sharpens when I am given the opportunity to have meaningful discussions with my peers. And let's have a laugh or two while we are at it."
Writing his six books for Stenhouse was a solitary experience. "Though I have written outlines prior to each of my books, I have yet to follow any of them step-by-step. That is why I find writing rewarding - because the act of writing itself generates new thinking, and new thinking is always exciting."
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I actually found that this book had little new new to tell me because I already agreed with all of its premises and fixing practices. I kept waiting for a page to jump up and punch me in the face with a new, whiz-bang method for teaching novels. It never happened. I will certainly use the book to refine my current methods, but that’s all. I feel like I have a pretty good grasp of what’s going on. I have no doubt that there are many English teachers who desperately need to read this book, but I was just along for the ride.
Let me end by telling you about some of the best methods Gallagher presents.
The Book Flood: surrounding students with high interest books (that I would argue must also have been read by the teacher). Gallagher argues that it is a mistake to think that students will ever go to the library to find the high interest books there (or not there), but that the teacher needs to foist good, high interest books on to the student. Gallagher says that he has over 2,000 books in his room. I’ve only got 500, but I’m gettin’ there.
Framing a Book: Previewing the text, discussion of the author and historical context, discussion of the value of the book, and, often, the essay test question at the very beginning of the unit.
“Big Chunk/Little Chunk” Philosophy: After framing a novel, assign students to read large chunks of the book on their own (with a guiding idea to look for) so that they can practice and enjoy just reading. Then, the next day, have a passage or two for students, as a class, to look at and analyze to death with highlights, annotations, sticky notes and such.
I’ll definitely keep this book on my shelf, if, for no other reason, than to pull out as proof when someone suggests anything that would lead to more readicide.
Readicide is defined as the systematic killing of the love of reading, often exacerbated by the inane, mind-numbing practices found in schools. Gallagher tells us that some of our reading education practices, intended to make better readers, rather are contributing to the decline in reading.
The book has concrete suggestions for preventing readicide. These include, guided tour - budget tour, topic flood, one pager,
If you are a reading teacher you need this book. If you teach adolescents you need this book. It is short just over a hundred pages, easy to read and great suggestions for using in any classroom to motivate students.