Tuesday, March 9, 2010

About Reader's Workshop: The Faces of Reading

It's easy to become a little isolated in the classroom, to think it's just you and your students against the world. So when I saw the theme for today's Share a Story - Shape a Future 2010 tour - the many faces of reading, I wasn't quite sure where I would go on that.

But then I remembered that I had parent-teacher interviews just a few days ago. I had a lot of parents come to visit, probably more than usual. They're of all different backgrounds - some don't speak a lot of English, some are single parents with complicated backgrounds, some are from 'nuclear' families. But there was one thing about all of them - they all talked about reading.

They talked about the books their children enjoyed, about how they were excited that there was lots of reading, that they were making sure that their reading was done at home. They told me that the video game time was restricted, and the reading time was extended, that they had made plans of books for the next birthday, that they were big readers themselves and how much they loved talking about books.

And I realised that we have got many faces in our reading community. That the parents are extending the work I do in the classroom, and they're making it richer for the students. And I'm glad that so many parents took the time to share that with me.

Today the blog tour visits Scrub-a-dub-tub


Terry Doherty said...

What a beautiful post ... so important and yet we don't think about it. Sort of like breathing!

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