Thursday, March 22, 2018

{solsc} 22/31 #sol18 What Goes Around


I was not just a teacher of writers in my previous life, I was also a teacher of readers. And long before it was a buzzword, I believed in student choice, especially when it came to the independent books they were reading.

I was lucky as a kid because no one told me what I could and couldn't read. No one told me what genre to read, or that something was too easy or too hard for me. 

I just read.

And when I taught, whether it was 7th grade or 12th grade, I trusted students to read what they wanted, what they needed at the time. I book talked all the time, so students had some ideas and they could always ask for ideas. They usually got a stack of four or five books to choose from, based on what I knew about them.

Anyway. Flash forward to this morning.

A friend on Facebook was looking for additional copies of a book she wanted her middle school kids to read. She's looked everywhere and was not having any luck.

A former neighbor and friend of hers and a former student of mine asked how many she was looking for and then proceeded to order that amount on Amazon. It was the nicest thing I had seen on Facebook for awhile and I told her so.

She responded:

"Anything we can do as adults..."  Isn't that the best? Foster a love of reading in a student and comes back tenfold. 

11 comments:

  1. Super sweet! Thanks for sharing

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  2. That is the gift that keeps on giving. We need more adults (non-teachers) who believe in the love of reading and who are willing to help teachers out. This makes my reading heart smile today.

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  3. I adore this! Talk about fostering a love of community AND reading. :)

    BTW: Thank you for giving kids the gift of time to grow as readers. That is what we all need to grow, isn't it?

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  4. Taking action, spreading the love of reading, providing opportunities for others, is the best result of learning

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  5. What an amazing gift for these students. Your gift of teaching and sharing has proven itself over and over. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. So beautiful, Deb. What lucky, lucky students. I have to say I don't remember ever being given a choice in school as to what I could read. It was all teacher-directed. Love this shift!

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  7. That is awesome!!! Reading is the gift that keeps on giving.

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  8. I, too, am happy we did not have leveled books and rules for what we could and could not read. How did any of us learn? LOL!

    Even more, I love the generosity of purchasing books for a classroom. Most people are good. My heart is warmed.

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  9. What a wonderful thing happened here! Thanks so much for sharing.
    And like you, I have always believed in choice as well.

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  10. Deb,

    You saw, your colleague is reaping it. Seeds of knowledge & grace.

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