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The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner…

The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child

by Donalyn Miller

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I loved this book so much. I’ve always been an avid reader, but read only a few required books throughout my school career. I never really knew why, but Miller’s book addresses this problem, which is more common than you might think. She has a refreshing approach to teaching reading and language arts; she lets her sixth graders pick their own books, and gives them time to read during class. I know I would have loved this, so it’s definitely an approach I’m going to adopt (the best I can, being a librarian vs. a teacher). The book has more details about how she makes this work and still meet certain criteria for required lesson plans. It’s an easy, engaging read - not dense like some instruction books might be. ( )
  howifeelaboutbooks | Dec 26, 2016 |
There are few professional books about reading that I feel should be required reading for any beginning reading teachers. This is one of those few. How I wish that every reading classroom across America looked like the one in this book! Our students need more classrooms like this. As a librarian, I am going to work to transform my campus into readers! ( )
  aharey | Nov 30, 2016 |
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Donalyn Miller is a dedicated teacher who says she has yet to meet a child she couldn't turn into a reader. In The Book Whisperer, Miller takes us inside her sixth grade classroom to reveal the secrets of her powerful but unusual instructional approach. Rejecting book reports, comprehension worksheets, and other aspects of conventional instruction, Miller embraces giving students an individual choice in what they read, combined with a program for independent reading. She also focuses on building a classroom library of high-interest books, and above all on modeling appropriate and authentic reading behaviors. Her zeal for reading is infectious and inspiring, and the results speak for themselves. No matter how far behind Miller's students may be when they start out, they end up reading an average of forty books per year, achieving high scores on standardized tests, and internalizing a love for reading that lasts long after they've left her class.Travel alongside the author as she leads her students to discover the ample rewards of reading and literature. Brought to life with Miller's passionate voice, The Book Whisperer will help teachers support students of all levels on their path to reading success. This book also includes a dynamite list of recommended "kid lit" to help parents and teachers find the books that students really like to read.

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