Once again I am posting in response to Donalyn Miller's book: Reading in the Wild as part of the #cyberpd 2014.
"The most effective reading teachers are teachers who read" and " We must show our students what a wild reader looks like through our examples" are two quotes that guided my thinking about what I can do as an instructional coach to foster this wild reading in our staff. SO I propose that this year I attempt to accomplish the following:
- Create a reading door in my office: I will post pictures of books that I read over the summer both professional and personal and continue to add to the door as the year goes on. I might even think about posting a quote or two from each book.
- Create a welcome to our school poster - with a picture of each staff member holding a children's book that they plan on reading on the first day. This display has three purposes:
- introduces our staff to community members that walk in our building
- sends a strong message of literacy in our building
- gives parents book ideas
"Educating parents about the importance of daily reading, increasing book access through libraries and book ownership, and promoting the value of reading aloud must take prominence in our parent outreach programs." As the instructional coach, another aspect of my role is to help educate our parents on the importance of reading at home. I have already scheduled two parent nights and one read aloud night for next year, but can I do more? After reading these pages, I believe I need to beef up my website with suggestions and tips for reading aloud as well as give more appropriate suggestions for titles. When parents hear us asking them to read for 30 minutes daily, I should be stating that those 30 minutes can come in little pieces. Suggestions can be made to tuck book baskets in the car, borrow books on tape/CD for car rides, and download a few kids books to their kindle or phones to read while waiting for the doctor or practice to begin. Reading can and should happen anywhere.
Finally, I realized through reading these pages and the related posts on #cyberpd, that I am such a social reader. I need a listening ear once I finish a book. Are other teachers and children like this? With this thought in mind, I would like to suggest a book club in our school for professional or related books. This would go a long way in modeling for our students that we are wild readers and we want you, our students, to become wild readers too!