About Franchesca Warren

For fifteen years Franchesca taught English/Language Arts in two urban districts in Atlanta, Georgia and Memphis, Tennessee. Increasingly frustrated with decisions being made about public education from people who were not in the classroom, in 2012 she decided to start a blog about what it was really like to teach in public schools. In the last four years, The Educator's Room has grown to become the premiere source for resources, tools, and strategies for all things teaching and learning. To learn more about Franchesca Warren's work, please visit www.franchescalanewarren.com.

Independent ReadingIntroduction

Welcome to Episode 1 Season two  of The Educator’s Room podcast! In this episode, Franchesca interviews, Colette Bennett, Literacy Teacher Extraordinaire and proponent of choice in reading.

This year we are going around the world to talk to educators who are doing awesome things- just like you. Starting the school year is always tough for teachers as we try to balance what the pacing guide says and what we know our kids need.

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During this podcast we will discuss:

  • strategies to encourage teachers to allow students to have a choice in what they read for class. 
  • possible roadblocks for teachers and students in choosing books for their readings. 
  • strategies to encourage independent reading in the classroom. 
  • advice for administrators to understand the shift in practices with independent reading and choice in reading selection. 

Resources discussed in the podcast

Colette’s blog: www.usedbookclassroom.wordpress.com

Colette’s articles on The Educator’s Room

Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It-Order here.

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