What Did She Say? My responses to the Twitter chat, #titletalk
Hosted by Donalyn Miller and others on Twitter
September 7, 2014 at 7:00 pm EST
Q1: What is your definition of “uninspired reader?”
(A1: T.S. said, “ An “uninspired reader” is one who hasn’t had the chance to form a reading identity, feels no sense of ownership.)
My A1: Agree! Many students/people don’t have a chance yet to be inspired.
Q2: Considering your definitions of uninspired readers, what can we do to help Ss find reading personally inspiring?
A2: I make sure I allow my students to like and dislike – and share my likes and dislikes. Opens a door.
Q3: How can we negotiate academic and personal reading goals with our students, so they find reading personally inspiring?
A3: It’s hard to find time for everything. Reading is a non-negotiable. Even 15 minutes a day. Do it for you.
Q4. How can we engage a school/home community in the goal of inspiring more readers?
A4: Many families don’t have books or other reading in the home. Ss and P-T conferences help. Also ads for book clubs.
(E. S. said, “I have a future NBC post on this topic. My own children became uninspired readers because of AR.”)
I replied, “My 2nd daughter hated AR! Wouldn’t read at school. Is a wild reader at home!”
Q5. What books, series, authors have sparked uninspired young readers who you know?
A5: Scieszka’s KNUCKLEHEAD had the whole class rolling! Wild reading of wild stories! Also:
So many! Percy Jackson, Divergent, and 39 Clues, as well as Dork Diaries and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Just starting…
(K said, “Several mentions of read aloud as powerful. It really helps level playing field for those who can’t quite access certain texts.”)
Q6. I just finished Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer. Intriguing connections to Plath’s Bell Jar.
(I didn’t respond here. I lost the conversation for a bit.)
Q7: Last minute BONUS question: What are you reading your students this week?
(W.C. said, “Whatever they want!”)
A7: I agree. I said, “I agree with W. They choose. Class reading is The Tiger Rising. Studying setting etc.”
Thank you so much to Donalyn Miller and others who host these amazing Twitter chats! I had a great time becoming part of the conversation!