I'm not at the end of this book yet. I'm just now starting chapter six, but I wanted to post this idea here. Would everyone who chose this book for their summer reading be interested in meeting for lunch or coffee one day/afternoon before we head back to school? I am really enjoying reading everyone's feedback and discussions from what they're reading and would LOVE to have more conversation at some point. I really enjoy anytime that our county gets us together to share our ideas and best practices, but an informal lunch or coffee get-together would be fun as well. :-)
I just finished the book and found myself sitting back and taking a deep breath. I am surrounding by so many good ideas and a renewed excitement for getting into the classroom and making a difference with my students as readers, writers, and thinker this year. I am so glad I was able to read his book this summer while I had time to reflect and really think about how I can put Gallagher's ideas into practice in my classroom. I want to purchase all of Gallagher's other works, and I want to hear him speak. I want to watch him teach!
Thank you, Kim, for providing this opportunity and for getting these books into our hands this summer. I am excited to put these new ideas into practice!
Stacie, I'm open to getting together & if it doesn't work before school starts, maybe we could meet during YDAS (are we having that this year?)
I'd be open to getting together, too. :)
I finished this book at the beginning of the summer (I read it quickly!) and have read lots of professional literature since. This one is still my favorite--I just think that Gallagher does such a good job of not falling off either end of the spectrum. He's a reasonable balancing point between progressive and traditional teaching. He's just brilliant, logical, and full of common sense. Thanks, Kim Tate! :)
I'm in... I've been a fan for years, but this little book pulls a lot of great ideas together... what a great reference.
Anyone interested in getting together next week possibly on Thursday the 13th for lunch? OR I think we have a morning in-service for all middle and high school English teachers on Wednesday the 19th. We could meet for lunch after that? If everyone is too busy right now, though, I completely understand. I just wanted to throw the idea back out there with a couple possible dates since some of you said yes. (-:
One more thing, sorry! So.... to be more Gallagher-like this year, I want to change up my "reading contracts" - These are independent contracts filled out by my students throughout the 9-weeks and then are turned in for a grade. I usually base it on pages and give them ONE sheet to fill out about ONE of the books they read- basically a critique of that book. I need advice.... What can I do instead this year that will still hold them accountable for outside reading but not bog them down with having to do a response???? Is there an easy answer????
So, I wasn't really this book's intended audience (as an elementary reading specialist). However, this book is a great read to remind those of us working with the younger students of the big literacy picture. I found ideas that could work for my smaller groups and am armed with what I think are great suggestions (from Gallagher, not my own) when teachers come to me for input on making adjustments to their instruction. I am glad that I read this book, I was able to think in a different way about what I do and it's really helped me get excited about the coming year.
Although this book was written for meeting the needs of older students, I enjoyed learning about reading and writing at higher levels. Also many of his ideas can and will be modified for my fourth graders. Finally, I really appreciate the county and Kim providing this book.
Kimber Tate, Coordinator of English, Reading and Libraries