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Book Presentation - Readicide by Kelly Gallagher
Transcript of Book Presentation - Readicide by Kelly Gallagher
"Read-i-cide": noun, the systematic killing of the love of reading, often exacerbated by the inane, mind-numbing practices found in schools. (Gallagher, 2)
Avoiding the Tsunami
over analysis of text
How do teachers find the "Sweet Spot" of instruction?
Kristin Tuinier Swartz, Kelly Draeger, Amie Robinson, Billy Tiefenbach
Ensures struggling readers
will continue to struggle -
Maintains "apartheid schools"
For most schools that means focusing on raising state mandated reading test scores
High stakes tests put in place
that causes the death of reluctant, low performing readers
Threaten schools with economic sanctions
Replace novels with workbooks
Give reluctant, low performing students extra test prep
Information Dispensers or Deep Thinkers?
Guide to good teaching
Shallow teaching to cover all the standards
slow, deep teaching that only covers some standards really well
ability to win and lose
Should be to create expert citizens with
The Race to Cover
Under Nourishing our struggling reader
Disinterested Students & Readicide
Get in the flow
Over teaching of Books Prevents Students from Experiencing the Place Where All Serious Readers Want to Be - The Reading Flow
Over Analysis of Text = No Reading Flow
Csikszentmihalyi (1990) describes flow as "the state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter; the experience itself is so enjoyable that people will do it even at great cost, for the sheer sake of doing it."
Chopping up literature
THE DEATH CYCLE
Avoid the reading "Death Spiral": "It's where kids aren't reading and then are worse at reading because they aren't reading, and then they read less because it is hard and they get worse, and then they see themselves as non-readers" (Strauss 2008, B2)
Emphasis on testing is killing creativity
"In most countries, education feels like a car factory. In Finland, Teacher are entrepreneurs" (Gamerman, 2008)
Why Finland Schools achieve
Should we test?
Teach students the VALUE of reading academic and more difficult texts
"Big Chunk/Little Chunk"
Close Readings sharpen
Provide ample opportunities for recreational reading
Collaborate and Work Across Content Areas
REMEMBER .... OUR STUDENTS ARE MORE THAN NUMBERS
Flood students with text
U.S. and other countries
Finland has eliminated all standardized testing. (except for PISA)
eliminate meaningless rewards
Provide Text Framing
to build reading comprehension
Develop sharper lens
for deep thinking
Big Chunks=Reading Flow
"What Good Readers Do"
"Discover the deeper, richer level of comprehension found in second-draft reading" ~Gallagher