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I have a student this year who came from a classroom of, "You can only choose and read books from your independent level" One day in early September he noticed a book in a bin far above his "level" that he wanted to read. He mentioned to another student that he wanted to read it, but couldn't because it wasn't at his "level". The other student, whom I had the privilege of looping for a 3rd year, knew the advice I would have given so she told him, "If you're interested in reading it, just give it a go". I couldn't have been more proud of her. As for the boy? It was a book on steam engines, a topic he had a great deal of schema about. He was able to read the book because of his schema and his INTEREST in reading it. It was a game changer because he suddenly realized he was more than a level! Fast forward to April... He is a strong, confident reader and no longer worries about the levels when choosing books. Kids are SO MUCH MORE than a level!
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