Reading Wellness: Lessons in Independence and Proficiency

Reading Wellness: Lessons in Independence and Proficiency

by Jan Burkins, Kim Yaris


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When teachers talk about what they want for students, “a love for reading” is inevitably near the top of the list. Even as they work to ensure students’ continuing progress as readers, what ignites passion more than anything is the chance to instill confidence, curiosity, and joy in students. In Reading Wellness, Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris will remind you why you became a teacher in the first place. They want children and teachers to thrive as readers, to feel the deep satisfaction that comes with meaningful encounters with texts. They define reading wellness as “weaving together all the facets of our reading lives .  .  .  so that we can be our best reading selves.” Readers read for relaxation, for information, and for aesthetic experience, discovering favorite books and authors and learning to choose texts. For this to happen, teachers must teach in ways that create energy and enthusiasm for reading, even as they teach to required standards.
Built around a framework of four intentions—alignment, balance, sustainability, and joy—Reading Wellness offers teachers a series of lessons that help children read closely and carefully while still honoring their interests, passions, and agency as readers. The lessons here, which have been field-tested in grades 1–5, are interconnected and empower classroom communities, are filled with anecdotes and insights, and are practical, sustainable, and frequently joyful.
Reading Wellness encourages each teacher to shape these ideas in ways that support personal ideals and goals while nurturing a love of reading and a passion for lifelong learning.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781625310156
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
Publication date: 09/23/2014
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 582,225
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 6 - 11 Years

About the Author

Jan Burkins, co-author of Preventing Misguided Reading (IRA, 2010) and Kim Yaris are the writers and thinkers behind Burkins and Yaris -- Think Tank for 21st Century Literacy, where their blog and their instructional resources have drawn a national audience and made them thought leaders in the field of literacy instruction. Both former teachers, Jan and Kim are passionate about helping educators navigate, understand, and teach instructional standards without sacrificing their inner teacher. In their roles as staff developers, they work closely with schools and districts -- facilitating staff development, conducting in-class demonstrations, and developing curriculum.

Table of Contents

Foreword Christopher Lehman ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction: How Well Are You? 1

Chapter 1 Love-Authentic Reasons to Read Informational Texts Closely 13

The Heart, Head, Hands, and Feet Lesson 18

Chapter 2 Posture-Mindset, Agency, and Hard Work 37

The Leaning In/Leaning Out Lesson 42

Chapter 3 Alignment-Working to Make Sense of the Words 65

The Does That Match? Lesson 73

Chapter 4 Mindfulness-Reading Closely, Comprehending Deeply 93

The Deep Breathing Lesson 98

Chapter 5 Strength-Productive Effort and Building Reading Muscle 117

The Lifting Weights Lesson 132

Chapter 6 Joy-Reading More for the Love of It 147

The Feeling Good Lesson 154

Epilogue; Matters of Consequence 175

Appendix A Graphic Organizer for Heart Head, Hands, and Feet Lessons 181

Appendix B Text Excerpts and Encryption for Does That Match? Lessons 1 82

Appendix C Metaphorical Images for Deep Breathing Lessons 199

Appendix D Reproducibles for Lifting Weights Lessons 200

References 203

Index 211

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