In this chapter we begin to learn the nuts and bolts of Miller’s approach. She begins with a candid class discussion of how to choose a book. She lays the foundation of trust with her honest response to the student who claimed that books are boring. (Haven’t we all read boring books?) Furthermore, she stands by her beliefs of empowering her students by giving them as much choice as possible, even if that means honoring the more cultural trendy books that aren’t going to win any awards. Her students have to be in shock and disbelief the first few days of her class, especially when she gives the 40 book requirement. Using the reader’s notebook (both hers and theirs) make conferencing and checking on progress so personal, effective, and productive. I love that talking about what the students are going to read next is part of this. She neatly integrates the necessary reading elements while nurturing the love of reading.
“Readers whispering back and forth about their reading experiences- this is how reading should look.” I’m ready to be a book whisperer!
Do you agree? What are your thoughts at this point? What is your favorite aspect? Do you believe it can be done?