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Mandatory reading

This past Saturday evening, Donalyn Miller and I hosted our monthly Twitter chat exploring the roots of our best practices in reading. Our article that served as the center of the discussion was by Alfie Koh: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/12/06/seven-ways-schools-kill-the-love-of-reading-in-kids-and-4-principles-to-help-restore-it/. Kohn talks about how certain practices kill the love of reading and what we can do to restore that love.

Kohn emphasizes the element of autonomy or CHOICE and discusses quite frankly that giving kids a choice between 2 books is not really autonomy or true choice. He goes further to suggest ways we can include choice and develop autonomy. The article outlines so much of what we know is best practice.

If you missed the chat, here is a link to the Storify that reviews our conversation: https://storify.com/professornana/bproots-chat-december

We will be back in January with another #bproots Twitter chat. Stay tuned for details. In the meantime, I hope your holiday break TBR stack is as towering as mine. Talk about choice!
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