The Book Whisperer Book Study . . . and so much more!
Target group: Upper elementary (3rd grade or higher), middle and high school English and Literacy teachers. Teachers outside the intended audience are welcome provided they are willing to provide students with the opportunities for independent, free choice reading each day in their classroom.
Developing independent readers and students who truly want to read is a struggle all teachers encounter. In this course, we will read The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller, but the course will go beyond a traditional book study. We will look at the strategies and ideas presented in the book along with supplemental material to enhance and question the material presented in Miller´s book.
Participants will engage in weekly discussions over an 8 week period. During each week we will explore a chapter in the book and share current research and readings that mirror the information.
A one credit follow-up course will be available the following semester for participants that want to commit to trying out the practices presented in the book. The course will cover one academic semester where participants will journal about their practice, collect data from a sample set of students and participate in 2 facetime meetings with the instructor.