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Jill Bromenschenkel: Learning & Development Consultant

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New 2010 Minnesota Language Arts Standards

A sampling of homework responses... from "Jill's Group" on 10/14

Literacy Connections Resources... promoting reading skills and a love for reading

A note regarding reading for pleasure:

Here’s a first look at Nancie Atwell’s new book, The Reading Zone, out this month in the Teacher Store:
Peek in the door of an American elementary classroom during reading time, or a high school English class at any time, in search of the authentic pleasures of the reading life. What you’ll likely find are teachers talking and children listening, making notes, filling in blanks, sitting in groups, writing reports, studying vocabulary—everything but reading a good book.
This leads me to ask: If we can agree that a goal of education is for children to become skilled, passionate, habitual, critical readers, why does so much of what goes on in the name of teaching reading prevent kids from experiencing the satisfaction of books?
Every day, smart, well-meaning teachers erect instructional roadblocks between their students and the pure pleasure of the personal art of reading.

There it is: the P word. I know, because I’ve felt it too, that there’s a sense of uneasiness among teachers and parents about an approach like a reading workshop. Shouldn’t there be some pedagogic strings attached here? Some paper and pencil and small group activities that look like schoolwork? Because otherwise, isn’t reading class, well, too enjoyable?

We need to get over it. When we teachers (and tutors!) embrace our role as literate grown-ups who help children seek and find delight and enlargement of life in books, they have a good chance of growing into adults who enjoy and love reading.... read more here.