It is now time for the final question posed by Paul: What might one year of independent reading look like for a student?
I think some possible answers can be seen in the postings of the members of The Centurions. Several years ago Paul asked his friends on Facebook to join him in a challenge to read 111 books in 2011. Here is the Facebook page that was established: https://www.facebook.com/groups/243348159758/. Each year, the challenge was extended, adding one more book to the goal. Alternatively, I know many folks who use Goodreads to set goals and track them. What I love about the Centurions is that I get a gentle reminder each month to post out what I have read to the FB page. That has resulted in my keeping a month by month list of books I have read for the past 3 years. I now automatically add a book to my running lists as complete the reading. I am able to go back and look at the lists and pull a book for a recommendation, etc. But first and foremost, this is a living document of my reading. If you take a look at the archives here, you can see my month by month lists since January 2011.
The Facebook page has become a treasure trove for all of us. Look at just the comments from one entry by Mindi Rench:
Follow along down the page and see recommendations, goals, questions, answers, and so much more. What if we set up a page like this for our students, a page where they could record what they were reading, what they were thinking about the reading? A place to share with others? Not just a page to list books and see who read the most (counterproductive) but a place to SHARE. What would that look like?
I hope it would reflect that students were free to read any book they wanted to read. CHOICE. I hope it would reflect that some books were abandoned while others went to that special shelf that holds our touchstone books. RESPONSE. I hope that students talked about getting lost in books. IMMERSION. I hope that some books were ones they read because of a teacher recommendation. DEMONSTRATION.
What would those lists look like? Why not find out?
Thanks, Paul, for the great questions.