#DigiLitSunday: Wonder

What is left to accomplish at school?

Building stamina as a reader:

Reading Volume

Reading Choice

Joy Reading

Talk about Reading

Writing About Reading

Building stamina as a writer:

Writing Volume

Writing Choice

Joy Writing

Talk about Writing

Writing About Reading

Why is stamina important at the end of the year?

Stamina in both reading and writing is one way to counteract the “summer slide”. Reading and writing are NOT just “something to do” at school.  Reading and writing are both tools for living and need to be a part of everyone’s life . . . every day.  We need to find and celebrate the richness and relevancy that reading and writing bring to our “everyday” lives!

Important Wonderings:  

How much reading should students do in the summer?  

How much writing should students do in the summer?  

How much “talk” should students do in the summer?

 Is “talk” equally as important as writing about learning?

Encouragement, Advice, and Plans for Students for the rest of this year . . .

  1.  Build TBR plans
  2.  Build monthly Literacy action/Bingo Boards (Writing Bingo Board from TWT) or the Wonder Board below where students generate their own questions to answer
  3.  Schedule school library “open” days
  4.  Coordinate literacy events with the public library
  5.  Continue Family Literacy events

wonder board

What are your wonders?

Check out Margaret Simon’s “Reflections on the Teche for more posts about “Wonder”.




5 responses

  1. Revving up the engagement around reading and writing at the end of the year is so important! I fear many of us (out of exhaustion) forget this. And I believe some kids need other kids to engage in reading and writing which means, they need community and talk to keep it going. Hmm, that is the thing. For many, school is that place where all of this work happens, Students need that community outside to keep going. Is that happening? Just wondering…

    1. Julieanne,
      How can we help them build a sustaining “REAL” community? We’re working on scheduling a book study as adult learners. I think it’s important to share that kind of “planning” with our students as well!

      What could that look like? What happens if we ask students to plan for it?

  2. Our library has programs over the summer. Last summer I met my students at the library for a program. (Allen Wolf) 5 of them came but also some siblings. I should plan something like this again. It worked as a time for us to check in with each other about our summer reading. I keep our blog up and running too. Thanks for spurring on my thinking today.

    1. Margaret,
      Just “checking in” seems to work for many students. Others might need more structure. But they don’t need weekly checks. How can we build a community that will become more self-sustaining?

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