Next I clicked on an article/blog post about ways to motivate readers. There were some spot-on recommendations: modeling and choice. And then there were other items on the list that suggested teaching strategies and discussing why reading is important. It missed the mark here. Well-intentioned, yes. But, again, I hate to see things put out there that can be misleading.
I will continue clicking on the links. I will continue commenting on the flawed research. I will continue to dissect helpful hints that are not always helpful. As the new school year approaches, many of us are planning how we will begin the new year. We are lining up new books to share. We are reading professional books looking for one more thing to add to our toolkit. We are developing our own PD seeking ways to become better teachers, to reach more and more students. It is important to separate the "wheat from the chaff," so to speak (and to borrow another parable from recent readings at church) so that we can sow on fertile ground. And, of course, we are spending these last weeks of summer thinking about the year to come.