In my last post I shared my learning from a full day workshop with Donalyn Miller and what ideas we will be implementing in our school as a result of this learning.  After grade level meetings and a full faculty meeting, here is a post on my staff memo that I shared with staff on Reading Resolutions.  I try to share some of my staff memo posts here, because I often gain great ideas from reading what other principals post for their staff.

My next post here will be my personal Reading Resolutions.
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Some of you asked about Reading Resolutions after the staff meeting…here are the answers. If you don’t want to think about it until closer to January, then save this to read later. 🙂

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In yesterday’s staff meeting we talked about school-wide ideas to continue building a culture of readers.  We already have great literacy practices, but now we want to go further to help out students develop the habits of lifelong readers/learners.

One of the ideas I asked all of you to do is start out January creating “Reading Resolutions” with your students.  This would start with you creating your own Reading Resolutions.  I haven’t written mine yet (there are still 14 days to read for 2012), however, I did write a blog post in June in which I reflected on my reading half-way through the year: HERE is the post.  In that post I noted how last year I read 20 non-fiction and only 6 fiction books and that I needed to read more fiction or I would become a really boring person!  I do not at all expect anyone to write something as long as I did for a reading resolution, but I just wanted to share that with you.

HERE is a post that Donalyn Miller wrote last year on her Reading Resolutions.

HERE is a post with some actual reading resolutions from students. HERE is another one.

I don’t want to tell each of you how to do this with your class, you have to do what works for you.  I’m sure that several of you will also come up with some cutesy little form for students to fill out (and others can steal from them) and others (if it were me) might just use index cards or old-school paper.  I would share with students my own personal reflections on my reading for the year and then show them an example of what format they should write their’s in (showing your own resolutions).

Thank you for all your hard work and for sharing your reading lives with students!

An idea found on Pinterest–maybe usable for 5K students?

1 Comment

Janet Abercrombie · January 1, 2013 at 1:10 am

It’s so important that we model our own learning to our students – well said.

One thing teachers might think about is forming a book club around a professional book of interest. Some to consider would be Marzano’s _Instructional Strategies that Work_ or _The Book Whisperer_. Last year, a colleague and I had great discussions on Ralph Fletcher’s _Boy Writers_. Our discussions led us to introduce students to Ralph Fletchers books on writing.

Are there ways in which teacher book club discussions can happend during the year?

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