Make Reading Clubs Work for Teachers

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Five Clever Ideas to Spark Independent Reading by Kids  

This post by  Katrina Schwartz in KQED News discusses an excellent suggestion by one educator determined to get more teachers engaged in book clubs.  First, she tied book club participation to continuing education credit to offer incentive to busy educators.

The twist here is that the reading list does not contain books on pedagogy, curriculum, or instructional strategies, or leadership [not that there is anything wrong with these options], rather, the reading list contains titles that students are reading.  Teachers Choices ranged among genre and theme to encourage a wide range of reading experiences that would mirror student reading experiences.  What power there is when teachers are actually reading, discussing, and thinking about the books their students are reading, discussing and thinking about.   Think about how much authenticity and relevance a classroom teacher will have when they can join in discussions, respond to student queries, and make suggestions for further reading that matters to kids!

Even better is the integration of technology in the teacher book clubs where a wide variety of tech tools were shared and modeled to increase student engagement with the text.  You can give a teacher a list of books and a list of apps but when you read and share the book with others and then use specific apps to share the specific titles, you have buy-in, both with teachers and students.

The 5 strategies listed in the article are well-worth a read for classroom teachers and librarians alike.

Terry Roper

Terry Roper

Terry Roper, Library Consultant for Region 10 ESC. has been an educator/librarian in the North Texas area for 22 years. She has worked on elementary and high school campuses as well as central administration. Ms. Roper has experience dealing with English language learners of all levels and works closely with the Region 10 Literacy Team. Terry loves dealing with literacy and information dissemination and talking about book stuff!

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