Posts In Category Reading and Readings
Summer does not mean the learning is over for teachers. I catch up on my personal reading, professional reading, and professional trainings during the summer. This review of I’ve Read It, But I Just Don’t Get It is an example of how I spend my summers.
My district sent me this book because I work with struggling readers. I’d planned to take it home for the summer but it ended up in the wrong box. It took me a while to find it again so I’ll probably spend some time re-reading.
It’s a good book, filled with anecdotes. The strategies tend to be general but I like the way the anecdotes deal with both struggling readers and “successful” readers. After all, don’t we all become struggling readers when we read a topic we are unfamiliar with?
I would recommend reading this short book in small doses, perhaps a chapter a day. That provides more time to digest and ponder what is being read. I wouldn’t recommend breezing through it (a true temptation due to the brevity of the book).
2012 marks the entry of the United States into the World Book Night giveaway. On April 23rd, books were given away around the world to encourage literacy.
Publishers from around the world donated bestsellers. Suppliers provided the givers with the books. Givers passed out books to passersby and strangers.
After looking for this title for years, I finally understand what the title means: Up the Down Staircase by Bel Kaufman. This is my review written for Goodreads.
I have found a book to add to my collection of inspiration-to-stay-a-teacher-media; I found it just in time.
Even though the book was originally published five years before I was born, teaching really hasn’t changed that much. No surprise. Students haven’t changed either.
I recognize entirely too much of the jargon. I recognize entirely too many of the statistics. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
I also recognize the lesson she learned that I have to relearn: the students know when the teacher cares. The students are starving for love and affection. For too many of the students, they have no source available. They need to know someone cares.
As a teacher, it’s safer and easier not to care. The students are only going to break our hearts and disappoint us, we tell ourselves. Isn’t that the risk we decided to take when we entered the profession?
I’m glad I bought the book. I’m glad I got the book with library binding. I have the feeling I’ll be reading this teaching classic often.
- “Damn,” he whispered. page 106
- “You don’t give a damn about anybody but yourself, do you?” page 104
- “What the hell were you doing in it?” page 104
- “What the hell happened?” page 102
Oddly enough, the 6th grade class didn’t have any issues because, as one student put it, “We know what’s going on, you know?” The 8th grade class, though, was reluctant to read these lines aloud in class.
Dear World Book Night book giver,
Yes, you read that right: World Book Night book giver! Has a nice ring to it, yes? And you’re one of them, or will be on April 23! Thank you!!!!!!!
I don’t know yet which books I’ll be giving away. I selected three books which appear appropriate for middle school students. Here are the possibilities.
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
- Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
- Friday Night Lights by HG Bessinger
- Kindred by Octavia Butler
- Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
- Little Bee by Chris Cleave
- Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- Blood Work by Michael Connelly
- The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Diaz
- Because of Winn Dixie – Kate Dicamillo
- Zeitown – Dave Eggers
- Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
- A Reliable Wife – Robert Goolrich
- Q is for Quarry by Sue Grafton
- Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
- A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
- The Stand by Stephen King
- The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
- The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
- The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
- The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
- Bel Canto by Ann Pratchett
- My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Piccoult
- Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
- Lovely Bones by Alice Seebold
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
- Just Kids by Patti Smith
- The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
- The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
The red books are the ones I’m most interested in. The blue books are those I’d like to read myself.