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14 April 2015 @ 06:57 pm
Wondering Times  
A couple of exchanges on Twitter of late have made me shake my head and wonder.

1. I wonder why a public library would filter a computer station meant for adults to use so that they could not access social networks?

2. I wonder why a teacher would not be permitted to read aloud more than 5 minutes?

3. I wonder why the term read aloud now seems to mean read and interrogate or read and build vocabulary or read and take a quiz?

4. I wonder why a child is told to "pick a real book" when he eagerly brings a GN up to his parent at a bookstore (thanks, Mr. Schu for mentioning that)?

5. I wonder why we do not allow kids choice of reading material in the face of stats like this?

6. I wonder why we do not believe librarians are important in light of this data?

7. I wonder why an administrator would deem kids "not doing anything" if they were listening to a read aloud?

8. I wonder why the NYT gets its data about the number of YA books published annually?


9. I wonder why a teacher thinks she is honoring students' self-selected reading when she allows them one time each month to talk about their reading?

10. I wonder why we cannot simply clone those educators (teachers and librarians and coaches and administrators and others) who care about kids and books and share their passion with others?
Current Location: Laredo-Austin
Current Mood: wondering
asakiyumeasakiyume on April 15th, 2015 04:11 pm (UTC)
I agree!

Participating in reading aloud--as either a reader or a listener--is such a great thing. Reading on your own is a great experience, too, but the performativeness and the sharing involved with reading aloud are special, and a story experienced in this way can have extra force. I still remember stories I was read in school and at home, and I really enjoy round-robin read-aloud sessions at home, even now that my youngest child's in high school.