This week, I was casting about for some potential articles for our #bproots conversation on December 20th (please join us; we know it is the holiday season, but we promise it will be worth the hour of your time). So, I began by mentally listing some of the pioneers of my own literacy education: G. Robert Carlsen, Dick Abrahamson, Dora Smith, Nancy Coryell, Karen Kutiper, Daniel Fader, George Norvell. The problem is I need to find articles by these folks that everyone can access online. So, down the rabbit hole I went. Along the way there was a lot of zigzagging. I read a piece by Dona Gallo and that made me head over to one by Chris Crowe. And so it went until I noticed it was growing dark outside my office window. I dashed off a note to Donalyn with some suggestions and began backing out of Google Mode. But I know I will return to the rabbit hole and venture into other corners soon.
Do we give our kids the chance to do this? To follow a sudden course change? To discover things they did not even know they were looking for? Better question: how can we provide for this happy spelunking?