Readicide Blog Hop - Week Three

Avoiding the Tsunami.
I'm popping in only quickly this week to share my thoughts on chapter three in Readicide.  Seriously people - go and get the book.  You won't regret it.

I'm busy busy this week - mid year reports, last week of school, family arriving from across the other side of the world, and just life in general.  So I don't have heaps to say - just a few thoughts.


This week really showed that there is a huge discrepancy between the haves and the have nots.  Anyone who dares to say that there isn't huge racism issues in the western world is either delusional, or well, darn right living under a rock.  It's rife, and there is no easy way to deal with it.  Education should not be a place where this exists.  We should be giving extra help, money, and resources to those in most need.

The other thing I want to quickly touch on is how we absolutely thrash reading responses with our kids.  Instead of inciting a love of classic novels with our kids, we spend every teaching moment pushing the pause button on stories with our students.  Instead of encouraging them to become engrossed with the story, characters, and themes in a book, we over analyse every detail to the point that it's impossible to even follow the story any more.

Seriously people - we need to do something about that.  Let's start comparing the story to our real lives, but in a real way.  Not in a way that stops our students from wanting to read anything ever again.

I just want to end this brief blog post with a link to a post I remembered from years ago.  It's from years ago when a then 16 year old wrote to famous novelists of the time asking them if they intentionally added symbolism to their works.  The answers are interesting to say the least!
Check it out here.

Now hop on over to see the next post!




Until next week.

6 comments

  1. Yes, yes, yes!!!! I couldn't agree more! One of the things my daughter loves about homeschooling is that she gets all the time in the world to read whatever she wants. Schools just don't allow enough time for reading - ironic, don't you think?

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    1. You could slice the irony with a knife! If I ever get to have children I'm thinking more and more seriously about home schooling for these exact reasons!

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

      Erin

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  2. I just told Kim that last year I made goals to include more close reading strategies in my novels. After blog hopping and pinning some fabulous other teachers' blogs, I felt like an inferior teaching for not analyzing the stories the way others were. Well, that plan quickly backfired. When I saw a decline in my students' excitement about just listening to a story...we went back the other way. This chapter helped justify my decision. I no longer feel like an "inferior" teacher...in fact, I feel empowered.

    Angela
    The Organized Plan Book

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    1. Angela, your response could be mine. Being a math focus teacher who also teaches ELA I often feel inferior with my ELA lessons. The past few years I have been doing the same thing and have also seen a decline in students excitement towards novels. This chapter has helped me see the error of my ways.

      Kim
      Quinnessential Lessons

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  3. I hadn't thought about it as pushing the pause button, but that's exactly what it is. Let's stop a great story line and see if we can find a metaphor. If you want to feel empowered to teach a novel differently, then this is the chapter.

    Brandi
    The Research Based Classroom

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  4. My school has focused on math professional development, and every year, I feel my reading program slipping away. This book is a great reminder of what I already believe is true.

    The Whimsical Teacher

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