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The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child

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Donalyn Miller says she has yet to meet a child she couldn't turn into a reader. No matter how far behind Miller's students might be when they reach her 6th grade classroom, they end up reading an average of 40 to 50 books a year. Miller's unconventional approach dispenses with drills and worksheets that make reading a chore. Instead, she helps students navigate the world ...more
ebook, 240 pages
Published January 12th 2010 by Jossey-Bass (first published January 1st 2009)
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Amy A few on my teaching team have tried the free choice with students whom we know have a support system at home to help them navigate. For those with…moreA few on my teaching team have tried the free choice with students whom we know have a support system at home to help them navigate. For those with less support, we encourage choosing from a range. We have wheeled book racks in the hallway outside of every class that are labeled by Running Record level. We point out where they can choose from & we teach how to choose good fit books, and the three ways to read a book.(less)
Letizia If you look at the cover in the back it says "education". Overall, after reading the book I came to the conclusion it was more like "autobiographical…moreIf you look at the cover in the back it says "education". Overall, after reading the book I came to the conclusion it was more like "autobiographical teacher's diary book." I mean, what I liked about this book compared to other educational books was the way she was communicating her experiencies. I was able to get hooked in the book, her words of wisdom, something I find had from many educational books. Sometimes, tending to be boring or too redundat, unrealistic expectations in the classroom.(less)
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Donalyn
Sep 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: out of the box reading teachers
OK, I only added this one to my list, so all of my GoodReads friends could see it!I could not believe that the book was already added to the GoodReads site...

The book will be published in March of 2009. I am currently doing the copy edits and the final tweaks on the production design. Still surreal to think that I wrote an entire book.

I think it is pretty good, but I am a bit biased. My husband teased me saying that it only deserved four stars out of five because he prefers books with action in
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Jody
Mar 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Almost gave it a five...this woman is my kindred spirit. I love how she talks about how pointless book reports are. Every year, sometime in mid to late September, my students start wondering if we're going to do book reports. Then, we have our parent teacher conferences in early October and the parents ask me about book reports. I'm a little less dramatic with the parents (who are SO relieved to hear the news), but this is what I do for the students. I become silent. I stare at the whole class a ...more
Kate
Mar 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Donalyn Miller gets it. She understands perfectly why many of our kids don't like reading any more, and she has the answer. You'd think Congress would be knocking down her door by now. Let's hope it happens soon.

In the mean time, anyone who considers himself or herself a teacher needs to read THE BOOK WHISPERER. It's a book that gets right to the heart of what makes us readers and how to instill that love of words and stories in our kids. Miller goes right after so-called "tried and true" method
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Andrew
Jul 07, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book I wish I could rate a couple of different ways. Because in some ways it is a 5 star book, and others it deserves a 2. Let me explain.

First why is it so great? I would highly suggest this for any reading/English teacher in America. There is nothing really complex about this book, but it certainly proposes a culture shift in reading education. The basic premise is that the way we are teaching reading is actually what is destroying the love of reading in America. Americans are readin
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Anaszaidan
للوهلة الأولى، ظننت، بحكم أن المعلمة تقترب من لغة التربويين في البداية، بأن الكتاب سيدور كما الكتب التربوية، حول اصطلاح تربوي، وإبرازه كقيمة تربوية مذيلا ببعض الكلام المفهوم مما يسمى بين المختصين بالإطار النظري، ثم ستضيف المؤلفة بعض الجداول والإحصاءات التي لا تهم غير المختص، لتصل في النهاية إلى التوصيات التي لن يعرف قدرها ويثمنها سوى المختص التربوي. ولكن أثار اهتمامي ما رأيته من تقييمات ومراجعات لهذا الكتاب، جعلتني أتحمس لقراءة الكتاب الذي كان مثيرا للاهتمام.

ما سوف يثير اهتمامك في الكتاب هو شخصي
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Allison
More than 20 years ago I began reading Lucy Calkins. I think the first book of hers I read was Living Between the Lines. From that moment I knew what I wanted my classroom to look like, to sound like, to be like. I knew I wanted to have a reading workshop & a writing workshop and have great conversations with kids around reading and writing. I didn't know, though, how to actually start this. Then I read Ralph Fletcher's very user-friendly Writing Workshop. That got me started, and Lucy's Uni ...more
Kate
Oct 05, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nf, education
Akin to Nancie Atwell's In the Middle about reading workshop, Miller's book talks about creating a community of readers and encouraging students to read by giving them time in school to read. She points out that her students score well on their standardized tests, and she attributes this to her expectation that each student will read 40 books during their school year. I think she's right.

My only irritation with this book is that, as a school librarian, I find classroom libraries to be a connundr
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Nourhan Aly
ما دفعني لقراءة هذا الكتاب، أولًا: إسمه الجميل واختيار لفظ "الهامسون" على المتكلمون أو المتواصلون أو غيرهما. ثانيًا: أختاي الصغيرتان لا تحبان القراءة، حاولت مرَّات عدة أن أجذبهن ليقرئن رواياتٍ أو كُتب صغيرة، بل خصَّصتُ جزءًا صغيرًا من مصروفي لشراء كتابين "للأطفال" لكل منها، لكنهما لم تكونان بالحماس الذي توقعته. بعد قرائتي لهذا الكتاب أدركتُ أن طريقتي لم تكن المُثلى!

توجه ميلر هذا الكتاب للمُعلمين خصوصًا والمُربيين عمومًا، وفيه تؤكد رفضها لطُرقَ تعليم القراءة التقليدية كتلك التي تُمارَس في المدارس
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MéRy
بسم الله
ينصح به لمن هو مشرف على تدريس تلاميذ الثالثة إلى ما فوق
يرسم طريق القراءة للطلبة او التلاميذ وكيفية إيجاد وقت مستقطع للقراءة حتى تُجعل القراءة هواء كل طالب
كذلك يقدم أساليب التدريس القرائية وكيفية التعامل مع التلاميذ الكارهين للقراءة
والحمد لله رب العالمين
محمود أغيورلي
مقتطفات من كتاب الهامسون بالكتب للكاتبة دونالين ميلر
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ما الذي يجعل الحاجة لتحفيز القرَّاء الصغار وإلهامهم مسألة بهذا القدر من الأهمية؟ لماذا يحتاج المعلمون وأولياء الأمور بشدة إلى معلومات حول كيفية دفع الأطفال إلى القراءة؟ يقع هذا الموضوع في بؤرة الضوء لأن كثيرًا من الأطفال لا يقرءون؛ فهم لا قرءون بالإتقان الكافي، ولا يقرءون بالقدر الكافي، وإذا تحدثت مع الأطفال، فسيخبرونك بأنهم لا يعتبرون القراءة ذات مغزًى في حياتهم
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يجب أن تبدأ تنشئة قرَّاء يواظبون على القرا
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Donalyn Miller has worked with a variety of upper elementary and middle school students and currently teaches fifth grade at O.A. Peterson Elementary in Forth Worth, Texas. In her popular book, The Book Whisperer, Donalyn reflects on her journey to become a reading teacher and describes how she inspires and motivates her middle school students to read 40 or more books a year. In her latest book, R ...more
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“Reading changes your life. Reading unlocks worlds unknown or forgotten, taking travelers around the world and through time. Reading helps you escape the confines of school and pursue your own education. Through characters – the saints and the sinners, real or imagined – reading shows you how to be a better human being.” 337 likes
“Books are love letters (or apologies) passed between us, adding a layer of conversation beyond our spoken words.” 84 likes
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