Welcome to Episode 11 of The Book Love Foundation Podcast! And thank you for joining us in this celebration of teaching and the joy of learning.
Episode 11 Show notes
In this episode you will get an inside view of some of my work this year. Kevin Carlson, who produces this podcast for the Teacher Learning Sessions, came to A158 at Kennett High School a week ago and invited my ninth graders to talk about their reading lives during this school year. The three students who volunteered to talk have similar histories from middle school….unfortunately.
They came to me from two different middle schools: one public, one private. Their teachers had good intentions and they worked hard to make a few books interesting. But with little balance between teacher-selected books and student-selected titles these kids read little and became dormant readers.
Now, after a year of hard work, they are in very different places in their reading lives.
My belief is that if kids become uninterested in reading, it is up to us–it is on us– to change that. Books, in the words of Stephen King, are portable magic. We can make that true for every student. Every year. Three from my classroom will tell you how.
Thanks so much for joining us today. The board members of the Book Love Foundation are choosing finalists this week. We meet on Thursday. It will be a long night. We want you all to win. Every small donation helps us fund one more library. Please help us help teachers.
Thank you for listening… now get back to reading.
Thank you very much to Sully, Jamie, and Ashton for volunteering to share their thinking and experiences for this podcast!
These are the books referenced in their conversations…
Eragon, by Christopher Paolini (from the Inheritance Cycle series)
The Harry Potter Books, by J.K. Rowling
The Percy Jackson Books, by Rick Riordan
The Martian, by Andrew Weir
Winger, by Andrew Smith
The Lunar Chronicles, by Marissa Meyer
The Fifth Wave, by Rick Yancey (from the Fifth Wave series)
Leaving Home, by Jodi Picoult
Winger, by Andrew Smith
Stand Off (Winger, Book 2), by Andrew Smith
Cinder, by Marissa Meyer (from The Lunar Chronicles series)
Scarlet, by Marissa Meyer (from The Lunar Chronicles series)
Swim the Fly, by Don Calame
The Martian, by Andy Weir
Soul Surfer, by Bethany Hamilton
Growing Up Gronk, by Gordon Gronkowski
I Am Number Four, by Pittacus Lore (from the Lorien Legacies series)
These books are all available at The Teacher Learning Sessions Book Store.
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