Monday, July 6, 2015

The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller

I listened to The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller.  It was so good I am listening to it again and taking notes with my Kindle version. I was able to purchase the Kindle edition along with the audio version for 4.99 more.  For me, this is the best option.  I love listening to books while working around the house, working out, road trips, and riding my scooter.  I can follow along with the text if I desire or go back and take notes on parts I want to remember or keep in my own journal.

Read this quote from her introduction, "I require my students to read forty books during their time in my sixth-grade classroom, and year after year, my students reach or surpass this reading goal.  Not only do my students read an astounding number of books, they earn high scores on our state's reading assessment, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS).  I have not had one student fail the state assessment in four years, and an average of 80 percent of my students score in the 90th percentile, Texas's commended range.  I have taught students of all economic and academic backgrounds, from the children of non-English speaking immigrants who struggle with the English language to the children of college professors.  The conditions I create in my classroom work for all of them." She goes on to convince teachers about books and teaching reading.  If you use the Daily 5 this is a great book to encourage to go even farther with student's free choice of "good fit" books.
If you are interested in the Kindle version click HERE.
 To purchase the audio version go to the button below on the Amazon purchase page. 

 I am inviting my fellow teachers at school to a book study on this book if they are interested. I also encourage anyone to listen to this principal discuss what he did in his school after reading this book.  It is a short podcast interview and worth your time.  It inspired me to finally purchase this book that I have looked at for years.