Welcome to our book study on Pam Allyn and Ernest Morrell's, Every Child A Super Reader. Educators in the state of Pennsylvania can earn Act 48 hours (continuing education hours) for successful completion of the book study. Act 48 hours are not awarded for time spent reading the text, but rather thoughtful consideration of the content read, posts in response to the questions, and comments to other participants' posts. Successful completion of the book study is defined as independent reading of the text and posting a least one comment to each blog post during the course of the study. If you are interested in signing up to receive emails when new blog posts are posted and/or wish to receive Act 48 hours for participation click here. We hope you will join us for this exciting way to interact about Every Child A Super Reader.
Our first host is Michael Williams, a second grade teacher from Harrisburg, PA. Michael writes:
The first section of the book is a basic introduction to what explain the need for this type of book. It also gives a brief snapshot of how the book is organized. After reading the introduction I felt empowered. It left me with a sense of urgency to read more! The research presented in the introduction clearly demonstrates the need to raise readers that will have a love of reading and empower them become "super" readers.
Chapter 1 focused on how reading can open possibilities for every child. A "super reader" was defined as "a child who enters a text with a purpose." I was expecting something much more elaborate, but after thoughtful reflection, it makes perfect sense. Adults don't read a text unless there is a purpose to do so. The students in my class choose books based on what they like and enjoy reading. The text level doesn't matter to them. They will find a way to read and understand the text because they want to read the book.
Allyn and Morrell discussed that super reading leads to high achievement, builds empathy, builds sense of self/emotional resilience, and prepare them for the future. In today's society, this is what children need to be successful in life after school.
Finally, 10 basic principles of raising super readers were shared. My two favorite principles were:
#5 Super readers have access to many kinds of texts
#7 Super readers need "reading role models."
These two principles resonated with me since I feel it is very important to read in front of my students and I like to try to expose them to many kinds of texts. For some of our students, the teacher may be the only adult they ever will see that reads a book.
What principles were of most interest to you? Why do you think you were drawn to them?
Have fun reading Chapter 1! I cant' wait to hear your thoughts!