#SOL16: Rainy Night Results in . . .

Rain . . .

No outside work.

Rain . . .

Time to read.

(Gotcha – definitely NOT inside work!)

After two glorious days of temps in the 70’s and 80’s, I was so happy that this was waiting at my doorstep yesterday after a long day of work.  Perfect timing! Relaxing with friends . . .

Who's doing the work

It’s available online courtesy of Stenhouse Publishers here.  I have been reading (albeit slowly) the online version, but it’s tedious.  Reading online means that I have one device open to read and another device open to take notes. No split screen. There’s a limit to the size that I like to view pages in professional texts. Slow. Absorbing. Delighted.

I love this infographic.

doing the work

“This book does not advocate the simple idea of the teacher doing less. Rather it is a guide to being intentional about what we do less of.” – Joan Moser (Foreword)

This book is truly a gem as it guides the reader to think, and to think deeply about whether teacher scaffolds unintentionally cause greater student dependence.  If our goal is joyful, independent, capable readers . . . what should we really do more of?  What should we do less of?

I’m savoring this book and pages 14 and 15 are my current favorite because the section is “What Do Reading Levels Mean, Anyway?” and wordlover me is mesmerized by the use of “ubiquitous”.  And the thought leaders . . .

“Dorothy Barnhouse

Vicki Vinton

Debbie Miller

Regie Routman

Gail Boushey

Joan Moser

Chris Lehman

Stephanie Harvey

Richard Allington,

Peter Johnston,

Mary Howard

Kathy Collins

Kylene Beers,

Fountas and Pinnell”

Oh, my!

Ready for some “next generation literacy instruction“?  Ready to learn about “saying less” so students do the work to learn more?

You need to read this book!

And check out how long you resist figuring out where the words come from that are the background for half the page of the book cover. It’s another favorite section of mine. (Truthfully, I thought I would be farther in the book. But I’m rereading. Marking. Post-it-ing! Thinking!)

What’s it like to get that book you have been eagerly anticipating?

Do your students know that joy?

slice of life 2016

Thank you, Anna, Betsy, Beth, Dana, Deb, Kathleen, Stacey, and Tara. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.  Thank you for this weekly forum!



20 responses

  1. I was going to save this book for summer reading, but you’ve convinced me I can’t wait another minute. Off to order now!

    1. Catherine,
      I’m reading this and Fisher, Frey and Hattie’s new book. Totally different reasons. Both fill my soul!

  2. Hi, Fran. I have not ordered this book yet, but I am going to get right on it as soon as I finish this reply to you! Thanks for the gentle nudge. This book seems to be too good to miss. Right now, I am reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin and I am loving it!

    1. Lynne,
      You will love it!

      I have 7 weeks before grad classes resume. Several reading binges will occur between now and then! ❤

  3. Added the book to my reading list. I think Stenhouse is very generous to let people read the books online. I quite often read them there and then order the books for the school library.

    1. I love the accessibility from publishers. However, I can’t resist physically having the pages in my own hands to mark up!

  4. Sounds like a book I need to add to my list.

    1. Colleen,
      I can see many applications for HS students. Just know that the students listed in the first chapter are in grade 1. (Check out the online version since I know you are HS!)

  5. Rainy days are good fro reading. Ah, let’s face it, Fran, any day is a good day for reading. This is a book I need to check out. I think we often do more work for our students than we need to and we don’t always realize that we are doing it.

    1. So true . . .”any day is a good day for reading”

      I agree. Good intentions cause folks to “over scaffold” without even noticing. Another reason why we must record our work and reflect upon the “evidence”. ❤

  6. Sounds like a great thought provoking book. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Thanks for the book recommendation! I think I need a flood to catch up on all the reading I have accumulated! Well, I accessed the free version anyway. Looks like a winner. Thanks again! ~Amy

  8. Fran, thank you for your kindness. We are humbled by your support. –Jan

    1. Jan,
      Thank you for the mention on xiv.

      Truth. . . not kindness! Joan was so right when she said this book “needed to be written”!


  9. My copy arrived today – hooray!!

  10. sallydonnelly11 | Reply

    Your enthusiasm for this book is causing me to purchase it!!
    Thanks for the suggestion.

    1. Sally,
      I can’t wait to hear about your tech week at TC!!!!

  11. […]  You can also see connections and learning about/from this book in my previous posts here, here, and here. Some of you may have been fortunate to be a part of this group that presented at the […]

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