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Just last week, one of my third graders asked for a book suggestion. Awesome! This student was reluctant to read independently in September. Slowly, this reader built stamina reading books from the same series. Awesome again! This student recognized that choice was respected and stuck with what worked... until it didn't. Then, this child asked for a book suggestion. Enthusiastically, I escorted the child to our extensive classroom library and helped to make it accessible. As Beers and Probst talk about in the podcast, too much choice can result in no choice. I sifted through several book bind for some choices that could engage this reader's interests. As I was placing books on the table, the student began reading one of them while another student pointed to a book in the stack and said, "That's a good one. I read that. It's really funny." Triple awesomeness! A teacher recommendation is good. A classmate's seal of approval is gold, and confirmation that a reading community has been established. Then, full tilt awesomeness when the reluctant reader was later seen giggling over the first book selected in the stack, and, in the same day, had moved on to the book the classmate had recommended. Did I mention that this happened in the middle of standardized testing? Students finding books that engage them, make them giggle, and compel them to recommend them to others is the ultimate measure of reading. It shows engagement, interest, and recognition that books move us...to laughter or otherwise. Changing readers, one book experience at a time!
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