The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child / Edition 1

The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child / Edition 1

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by Donalyn Miller
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0470372273

ISBN-13: 9780470372272

Pub. Date: 03/16/2009

Publisher: Wiley

Donalyn Miller says she has yet to meet a child she couldn't turn into a reader. No matter how far behind Miller's students might be when they reach her 6th grade classroom, they end up reading an average of 40 to 50 books a year. Miller's unconventional approach dispenses with drills and worksheets that make reading a chore. Instead, she helps students navigate

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Donalyn Miller says she has yet to meet a child she couldn't turn into a reader. No matter how far behind Miller's students might be when they reach her 6th grade classroom, they end up reading an average of 40 to 50 books a year. Miller's unconventional approach dispenses with drills and worksheets that make reading a chore. Instead, she helps students navigate the world of literature and gives them time to read books they pick out themselves. Her love of books and teaching is both infectious and inspiring. The book includes a dynamite list of recommended "kid lit" that helps parents and teachers find the books that students really like to read.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470372272
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/16/2009
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
18,527
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword, by Jeff Anderson, author and literacy staff developer ix

Introduction 1

CHAPTER 1 There and Back Again 7

CHAPTER 2 Everybody Is a Reader 19

Whisper STUDENT SURVEYS 39

CHAPTER 3 There’s a Time and a Place 47

CHAPTER 4 Reading Freedom 69

Whisper READER’S NOTEBOOKS 99

CHAPTER 5 Walking the Walk 103

CHAPTER 6 Cutting the Teacher Strings 119

Whisper END-OF-YEAR EVALUATIONS 153

CHAPTER 7 Letting Go 159

Afterword, by Ron D. Myers, principal 179

Appendix A: The Care and Feeding of a Classroom Library 183

Appendix B: Ultimate Library List 193

Appendix C: Student Forms 201

References 213

Index 217

Acknowledgments 225

About the Author 228

About the Sponsor 228

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Book Whisperer 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
two-five More than 1 year ago
I am usually frustrated with most books pertaining to my profession because they are not realistic. The authors seem to write books for a "Leave it to Beaver" classroom. In today's classroom we encounter children from very diverse households which mean we have to be diverse in our method of delivering information. This book is an inspiration to educators to open their minds and allow children to become active participants in their quest to become lifelong learners and readers. I love this book. It is a must read!!!!!
MinDallas More than 1 year ago
I love the strategy this teacher created. She rejects the traditional rote way of teaching reading/writing and inspires readers who will build self-esteem and be successful academically. She describes how she arrived at this strategy and offers practical examples to help teachers build a classroom to reach students in this way.
Mnloonsong More than 1 year ago
This is the best book I have ever read about teaching reading to kids. I have followed many of the suggestions in the book and my students are learning so much! I have been teaching for24 years and because of this book, I am the best reading teacher I have ever been!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read for everyone that has anything to do with education. The points that are brought up are right on - kids need to have the time and freedom to read what they would like to choose. While A.R. is a good program, I get frustrated by the limitations it puts on students and the books that they are "allowed" to read. If students and teachers stick to these guidelines, then they are missing out on some wonderful stories. There are creative ways, and Ms. Miller shares some, to ensure that students are able to comprehend what they are reading. I have shared this book and the ideas with many educators at our school, and at the district level. I thank you so much for sharing your love of reading with your students and all of us.
MarylandReader More than 1 year ago
Great book. I wish Ms. Miller could teach my kids. She has figured out how to differentiate and accommodate every kid in her class, something administrators in our district claim is impossible. Only complaint: I bought this as a Nook book and wasn't able to read the student's handwritten papers that are included as exhibits.
TNBookLady More than 1 year ago
Donalyn Miller is an advocate for middle schoolers so that they get reading time everyday. I loved the example of her class taking their books with them when they waited on line for school pictures to be taken. Why not! This book has refreshed my new year in our Montessori Library. We already were reading for fun, but now I'm going to track the increase in test scores that I bet has been happening in our school, because kids are over the moon excited about choosing a book each week in our library.
PJMO More than 1 year ago
Wow! This is a must read for all teachers, especially those teaching English and Communication Arts at the secondary level. It reads easily and quickly, but has so many wonderful ideas for helping students enjoy reading. It reaffirms my beliefs in students having choice in what they read, and that they have time to read independently. The focus is on real life reading, not just reading for school, developing life long readers. It is a tremendous book that would be a great book study for communities of learners.
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I'm Allison, an OSU Comp Student in my spring semester of 2014. The Book Whisperer is a must read for any teacher whether elementary, high school, or even college professor. In this book Donalyn Miller expresses the importance of reading and the effects it has on children. It shows how just by letting children spend more time reading in class, they can and most likely will improve in all areas of academics. Donalyn Miller experiments with this new method of teaching and finds that children learn to love reading and also score just as high on standardized testing as other students without the stressful prep work that other teachers force onto their students. In this book Miller describes how she arrived at this strategy and offers examples and proof to help teachers construct their classrooms to reach students in this way. While I am not yet a teacher, by reading this book I got all the insight I needed to know the way I will teach my classroom. This book is by far the easiest to understand and most helpful book I have found that pertains to my profession. I recommend this book to all teachers or even parents interested in their children’s academics.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wished she had provided more concrete examples of "how to." I understand the why. I need more specifics on the "how to." Wished it was written more like Nancy Atwell.
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After an interim teaching reading from the textbook, this book has shown me the type of reading teacher I want to be. Practical and encouraging.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It gave me a lot of great ideams and a whole new way of thinking.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book for anyone who believes in the importance of reading!
recentlyenlightened More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy reading this book. I teach 4th grade and implemented many of the ideas in this book in my class. I want to foster reading for pure enjoyment.
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I teach 6-8th grade English. This is a must read! She has terrific ideas that are practical and easily implemented in the classroom.
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