At an ILA panel on Saturday, graphic novelist Gene Yang shared how much superheroes and comics meant to him and for his reading life when he was growing up. The panel, titled “Disrupting a Destructive Cycle,” focused on how we can work to disrupt the… Read More
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What do we hope for our student readers?
I‘ve been thinking and writing a lot lately about how our beliefs about students, learning, and teaching influence our practices. Part of this reflection has stemmed from my own instructional practice and how it has shifted—in subtle but also dramatic ways. How, for example, the nagging… Read More
On Venn diagrams: What does reading look like in the real-world?
Kylene Beers posted this on her Facebook page this afternoon: When I finish reading a book, I want to think about it and talk about it, and then I want to start reading my next book. Never have I closed the covers, sighed, and said to… Read More
From the Classroom: Gatsby, Hawthorne, and Being Sixteen
One of the last books I read in 2014 was Gabrielle Levin’s delightful novel, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry. At one point, the main character—a somewhat odd and sometimes churlish bookseller named A.J. Fikry—tells his daughter to remember that “the things we respond to… Read More
There’s a movie? Let me read that book.
Gayle Forman’s YA novel If I Stay has been sitting on my bookshelf for months, maybe even a year (it’s part of a continuously growing stack of books on my “to read” shelf; I admit, I have a sickness). The book reviews were generally good, and it… Read More
a summer, reading
It’s the middle of July and here I am, sitting by the pool, reading. I know, not surprising for an English teacher, right? But at least I’m outdoors in the sunshine while my kids can splash and swim. I’ve been on a mystery and young adult… Read More
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