Here is an inspiring project by a middle school and high school to encourage young people to read. This truly warms my heart. I hope to one day be a part of such an initiative.
Approximately three years ago, Chatham Middle and High School teachers implemented an independent reading initiative for their students. There are many components to implementing an effective independent reading program, especially at the middle and high school levels. To explain all we did (and do) requires a much longer blog post or, say, full texts written by brilliant educators like Donalyn Miller or Penny Kittle (our IR muses). Instead, I’d like to focus this brief post on one of the most surprising, yet inspiring results of our independent reading initiative. This initiative strengthened our school community.
All our students have one thing in common – books. They are readers. They know the classmate sitting next to them reads. They know their teachers read. They know that they belong to this community.
Community of Readers
Books bring people together. Readers have book clubs, book stores, libraries, used book sales, GoodReads…
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