Excellent Blog on Whole Class Novels vs Choice-Only Reading
Oops! I’ve got to start by apologizing. I initiated this series and then took an end-of-the-school-year blogging hiatus. You all know how quickly April turns into June in the classroom, so I appreciate your understanding of the whirlwind that is third trimester.
Like I said back in my last post, I want this community to expand the conversation about both whole-class novels and choice reading. We’ve got to ask stakeholders to “chill out” and just seek some balance. They’ve created this false dichotomy that has pushed the pendulum back and forth for too long.
Unfortunately, I think it’s—dare I say—“trendy” to only talk about choice reading right now. Whether this pendulum-swinging trend is caused by something extreme, like some reactionary protests to the CCSS, or it’s a heck of a lot less melodramatic, like maybe it just feels good (and easy) to only talk about choice, we have to step back and get real. Most teachers…
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