Posted inElementary School, Instruction & Curriculum, Kindergarten, Literacy

Summer Reading: The 50/50 Paradox

The paradox of summer reading:  Read=pleasure or Read=work. All students should read at least one book this summer. Students should practice the independent reading skills they have used the whole school year. They should receive credit for reading over the summer, but to give credit means an assessment. An assessment comes dangerously close to committing Readicide,(n): The systematic killing […]

Posted inBook Review, Instruction & Curriculum, Literacy

How Readicide Has Changed My Teaching and Purchasing Practices

Readicide is defined as, “the systematic killing of the love of reading, often exacerbated by the inane, mind-numbing practices often found in schools.” I fear I was a Readicide practitioner in my early years of teaching, but I am now trying to recover and adopt practices suggested in Kelly Gallagher’s book Readicide. Gallagher points to a crisis […]