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Readicide by Kelly Gallagher
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Aug 18, 2011

it was amazing
Read from August 18 to 21, 2011

This is a book that all non-reading teachers need to read. The big ideas in this book that address the importance of a high volume of high interest reading, not using the drill and kill approach, not making kids "do something" with every book they read, and making time for recreational reading at school are HUGE, and ideas that I have been preaching for years, only to be faced with questions such as "How do you know they're reading?" "What are they learning when they're "just reading?" While I realize some people might find some pick-nitty issues with this book, I feel we need to look at the author's broader message which is calling out the need to get away from teaching reading in order to improve test performance rather than teaching meaningful reading that will in turn promote life-long reading individuals. The reseach does show time and time again that it's the volume of recreational reading the improves test scores, not the drills. I understand the need for accountability, but there is nothing wrong, and everything right, about giving students chunks of time to get lost in their books and simply enjoy them without being told they must "do" something to prove they actually read the book.
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message 1: by Julia (new) - added it

Julia Shay I keep hearing about this book. It's on my must read list. As your local librarian, I can't help but like the overall message it seems to have.


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