|Donalyn answering questions from 4th graders|
- Reader's Purposes- Donalyn brought up the fact that we talk with students a lot about author's purpose, but we don't talk and teach enough about reader's purpose. My kids who are struggling during independent reading probably don't have a purpose for their reading. I need to work with my kids through mini-lessons and discussions to determine the purposes readers have for reading.
- Classroom Libraries- I have a very extensive classroom library, but there is always room for improvement. Last spring I started getting rid of books that the kids haven't read in a long time. My next step is to start working on how the books are organized. I need to get kid input for this part. How can we organize our classroom library in order to make it easier for kids to access the books they need and want? I also need to look with a critical eye to see how diverse the books in my library are.
- Read Alouds- "Let the students experience the books the way the authors intended." Donalyn suggested that we read books the first time with kids all the way through, just the way the authors intended that they be read. Then we can take the kids back through the book a second time in order to read for a different purpose. That's what we call close reading.
|Donalyn leading the afternoon professional development.|
There were so many other topics we talked about. (I'll save those for another blog.)
On a personal note, I'd like to thank the amazing people I work with. My principal, Julie, was supportive of this whole thing beginning with the moment I told her I had won the visit from Donalyn. She supports our desire to work together. I'd like to thank Colbi and Scott for their support and excitement. A big thank you goes out to the entire Lincoln faculty who willingly studied Donalyn Miller's books through our book studies when they have many other things going on in their professional and personal lives.
I'd like to give a final thank you to Donalyn Miller. She was friendly, flexible, encouraging, and real with us today. Donalyn, you an open invitation to stop by and visit with us any time you want. You're now part of the Lincoln Family.