Emily Reed is our guest blogger for Chapter 5 of Who's Doing the Work?
Independent reading. I, myself, am a voracious reader. Independent reading time means I can read, read, read to my hearts content. I am experimenting with different genres, grow as a reader.
This is what it should mean for students. "Reading a lot of authentic texts for meaning and pleasure is emphasized above all, and there is a contagious energy about books...." This is what I want to see in classrooms. Sometimes we put too much effort into the students responding to texts and noting their strategy use. We need to just let them read and love and enjoy reading too.
The one thing I want to improve upon is my own conferences. Right now, I think they are more teacher driven than student driven. I want to try to make this shift, allowing students to be more in control, so students are identifying the tricky spots and how they resolved their issues.