My Life as a ReaderMany years ago, I heard Lucy Calkins speak about teaching reading. There were many things she said that day that impacted my teaching in so many ways. One of the things she said was: Share your life as a reader. Let kids hear about your reading habits. They need to know it's not just a subject, but a part of everyone's life. I also think that sharing a little bit of the "personal you" with you students helps them feel more comfortable with sharing their own thoughts with you.
I am a zealous reader. If I don't have a book to read and a book waiting to be read...then something is very wrong. I love learning new things, meeting new characters, reading a new author's craft, settling in to a familiar writing style and escaping to a different time and place. If I find an author I like, I try to read all of their books. I'm such a snob about new authors because I don't want to waste my precious time on a book I won't like, so I only read books that have been recommended to me. I even keep a digital book log in Google docs, by author, to keep track of books I've read so that I don't accidentally reread them years later (I am the only one stupid enough to do that?
People ask me all the time, "How in the world do you find time to read?" I like to use a phrase that I learned from Lucy Calkins. I make time by carving out time for reading in my day. If I look at my busy day that starts at 5 am and ends after my 3 kids' extra curricular activities and their homework then I wouldn't find the time. But I start by always keeping a book with me. I read while I'm drying my hair, sitting in the car line after school, at the waiting room during appts. with the kids, while waiting for a training to start and then maybe for 15 minutes in a quick bath before bed. (My favorite reading spot!)
My life as a reader has changed in one signifigant way this year: the iPad! Once I read a book on my iPad, I was hooked! It's easy to keep in my purse, I always have the next book ready and waiting to read. I. Just. Love. It. But I do have one confession to make, after reading about 5 books in a row on the iPad, a friend loaned me a book she had bought. I opened up that paper book after several weeks of reading and realised... Acckkk! I could barely read the words. I had been using the larger font feature on the iPad and turning up the brightness on the backlighting. Ahhh, I guess it's time for glasses.
Check out posts by others participating the the Fall Blog Challenge 2010 on the right sidebar of my blog :)