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Book Presentation - Readicide by Kelly Gallagher

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Amie Robinson

on 7 August 2013

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READICIDE: How Schools are Killing Reading and what You can do About it.
"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)
School's Role
Avoiding the Tsunami
over analysis of text
How do teachers find the "Sweet Spot" of instruction?
Presented by:
Kristin Tuinier Swartz, Kelly Draeger, Amie Robinson, Billy Tiefenbach
Shallow Learning
Shallow Teaching
Ensures struggling readers
will continue to struggle -
Maintains "apartheid schools"
Value Reading
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
Paige Paradox
Information Dispensers or Deep Thinkers?
The standards
Guide to good teaching
Shallow teaching to cover all the standards
slow, deep teaching that only covers some standards really well
The Goal
common sense
hard work
ability to win and lose
fair play
life-long learning
Should be to create expert citizens with
The Race to Cover
narrow view
Under Nourishing our struggling reader
short passages
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
50/50 Approach
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)
Ending Readicide
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
analytical skills
Provide ample opportunities for recreational reading
Collaborate and Work Across Content Areas
Flood students with text
U.S. and other countries
Finland Teachers
Finland has eliminated all standardized testing. (except for PISA)
eliminate meaningless rewards
Provide Text Framing
to build reading comprehension
Second Draft-Reading
Develop sharper lens
for deep thinking
Big Chunks=Reading Flow
"What Good Readers Do"
Fix-It Strategies
"Discover the deeper, richer level of comprehension found in second-draft reading" ~Gallagher
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