Another Wednesday and another edition of what are you reading Wednesday. I am still reading The Sunshine Sisters by Jane Green. I am loving the way I have been transported back in time to see the moments that have led to where the book began. An interesting story of sisters and the relationships they had with others, each other, and their mother. Definitely check it out!
Turning to my professional reading, I wanted to share the book Literacy Essentials by Regie Routman. I am only about 120 pages in but I already love the ideas that Routman has to offer regarding literacy instruction. Divided in to sections revolving around engagement, excellence, and equity, Routman offers ideas for literacy in the classroom followed by sections that have ideas for educators to put the ideas in action. So many ideas are so simple and practical, but often get lost in the shuffle of curriculum and standards.
I have been a fan of Routman’s work for quite some time. She writes in a manner that is easy to understand and it feels as if she is sitting down talking with you. One of the first topics Routman discovers is the idea of trust. This school year, I experience times where trust was broken in the blink of an eye. One of the simple suggestions that Routman gives is to be kind. This is something I am constantly saying to my own children as well as the children in my classes. What if, as adults, we were kind to each other? What if we took time to care about one another instead of rushing from here and there without stopping to chat? What if we spread kindness? Think about how simple it sounds, yet it can be incredibly difficult to accomplish.
If you are a teacher of literacy, I highly recommend Literacy Essentials for you and your administration. Such a great read with practical actions we can all take. I look forward to hearing what you are reading! Happy reading!