Reading

LET THEM READ JUNK!

Every class is a multilevel class. Student reading levels are all over the place. When the spread is so wide, how can we possibly reach each student, challenging them in an appropriate way? By letting them read junk. I recently re-read some junk from my misspent youth. And it convinced me (again) that the time reading junk is not misspent. When I was in 8th grade my friend Rex excitedly told me about a book his brother had let him read: Tarzan and The Ant Men by Edgar Rice Burroughs. He loaned the book to me when he was finished [...]

By | 2017-10-11T13:22:13+00:00 January 31st, 2016|Categories: Differentiation, Reading|Tags: , |0 Comments

BOOKS EVERY LANGUAGE TEACHER NEEDS TO READ #6

Readicide, by Kelly Gallagher What It’s About: Explains how our teaching habits are killing our students’ desire to read and how we can fix it with better methods. Quotable Quotes: “The most powerful motivator that schools can offer to build lifelong readers is to provide students with time in the school day for free voluntary reading (FVR).” P. 75 “Making sure every student has a book to take home to read is the single most important issue in our quest to develop young readers. If students don’t have books, they will never develop into readers. If students only read in [...]

By | 2017-10-11T13:22:13+00:00 January 18th, 2016|Categories: Books, Books Every Language Teacher Needs to Read, Reading|Tags: |0 Comments

BOOKS EVERY LANGUAGE TEACHER NEEDS TO READ #4

Reading FAQ, by Frank Smith What It’s About: A lifetime of research, thinking and writing about reading distilled into one short book. This book answers the questions we all have about reading and a few that we haven’t even known to ask. This is another book that is not about language teaching but gives language teachers the oomph to get their students reading more. Quotable Quotes: “We remember things best when they are organized with everything else we know, when they come with stories attached, rather than as isolated bits of information.” p. 45 “First someone reads to us, then [...]

By | 2017-10-11T13:22:13+00:00 January 17th, 2016|Categories: Books, Reading|Tags: |0 Comments

BOOKS EVERY LANGUAGE TEACHER NEEDS TO READ #2

Social, by Matthew Lieberman What It’s About: Explains the how our brains are made to connect with one another and some stunning implications of recent brain research, particularly in education. Not about language learning, but has important ideas that apply to teaching language. Quotable Quotes: “70 percent of the content in our conversations is social in nature.” p. 20 “Food, water and shelter are NOT the most basic needs for an infant. Instead, being socially connected and cared for is paramount… this restructuring of Maslow’s pyramid tells us something critical about ‘who we are’. Love and belonging might seem like [...]

By | 2017-10-11T13:22:13+00:00 January 16th, 2016|Categories: Books, Teacher Tips|Tags: , |0 Comments

READING QUESTIONS

Here are some questions by Karen O., a Spanish 1 & 2 teacher that is starting a free reading program at her school. Hello Bryce, I just read How to Prevent Readicide NTPRS 2012 and your other handouts on Light Reading specifically for levels 1 and 2. Thank you so much for sharing them. Here are my questions: 1. Do you have kids do a Light Reading novel before or after an Academic Reading novel? Or does it matter? I have kids do free reading for a couple of months before they read a novel for a Light Reading Book Report. I barely [...]

SOY LORENZO: NEW NOVEL IN SPANISH

NEW NOVEL in Spanish by Ginni Hildebrandt! Available at brycehedstrom.com. "Soy Lorenzo" is a compelling story that is perfect for Spanish 2 & 3, novice-mid/novice-high readers and heritage language readers. Order it here. The indigenous lore of Nicaragua’s Miskito coast is the setting for this captivating coming-­of-­age story. Desperate to break free of the limits of his village, Lorenzo finds himself entwined in the legends of his ancestors’ sacred knowledge. This irresistible  story will engage your students and spark discussions on a variety of culturally authentic topics and current events. It has been classroom tested and is written by a [...]

By | 2017-10-11T13:22:14+00:00 October 10th, 2015|Categories: Compelling Input, Reading, Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments