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26 May 2015 @ 06:50 pm
Essential Elements  
CHOICE. TIME. ACCESS. RESPONSE.CHOICE. TIME. ACCESS. RESPONSE.CHOICE. TIME. ACCESS. RESPONSE.CHOICE. TIME. ACCESS. RESPONSE.CHOICE. TIME. ACCESS. RESPONSE.CHOICE. TIME. ACCESS. RESPONSE.CHOICE. TIME. ACCESS. RESPONSE.CHOICE. TIME. ACCESS. RESPONSE.CHOICE. TIME. ACCESS. RESPONSE.CHOICE. TIME. ACCESS. RESPONSE.CHOICE. TIME. ACCESS. RESPONSE.CHOICE. TIME. ACCESS. RESPONSE.CHOICE. TIME. ACCESS. RESPONSE. CHOICE. TIME. ACCESS. RESPONSE. CHOICE. TIME. ACCESS. RESPONSE. CHOICE. TIME. ACCESS. RESPONSE. CHOICE. TIME. ACCESS. RESPONSE.


I could go on. But these are the elements essential to supporting lifelong readers. I say this here again at the risk of being accused of beating a dead horse because today I saw a post about required summer reading where each grade level (it was for middle school, grades 6-8) gave only 3 titles from which kids could select. That is not choice, folks, unless one of the choices is NONE OF THE ABOVE.

Time is a huge factor, and it is something that is lacking in so many schools. Time to read, time to browse in the library, time to browse the classroom collection, time to talk about reading, time to reflect.

Access is being treated at every turn. School libraries and librarians are disappearing in some places. Classroom libraries are being packaged: one size fits all.

Response? In many places, response amounts to a quiz or some sort of "project." Authentic response seems to be endangered as well. So, again, I say, here are the essential elements.

CHOICE. TIME. ACCESS. RESPONSE. CHOICE. TIME. ACCESS. RESPONSE. CHOICE. TIME. ACCESS. RESPONSE. CHOICE. TIME. ACCESS. RESPONSE. CHOICE. TIME. ACCESS. RESPONSE. CHOICE. TIME. ACCESS. RESPONSE. CHOICE. TIME. ACCESS. RESPONSE. CHOICE. TIME. ACCESS. RESPONSE. CHOICE. TIME. ACCESS. RESPONSE. CHOICE. TIME. ACCESS. RESPONSE. CHOICE. TIME. ACCESS. RESPONSE. CHOICE. TIME. ACCESS. RESPONSE. CHOICE. TIME. ACCESS. RESPONSE. CHOICE. TIME. ACCESS. RESPONSE. CHOICE. TIME. ACCESS. RESPONSE. CHOICE. TIME. ACCESS. RESPONSE. CHOICE. TIME. ACCESS. RESPONSE. CHOICE. TIME. ACCESS. RESPONSE.
 
 
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