Kelly Gallagher's Readicide

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading right just might discover your next “must-read” book.

Last week, I completed the book, Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It. Kelly Gallagher names the problem in today's English classroom, Readicide. Readicide is defined as "the systematic killing of the love of reading, often exacerbated by the inane, mind-numbing practices found in schools" (p.2). If you have been around children, young adults, or adults you will not find the idea of people losing their want to read a surprise. In college, I hear it all the time; students losing their love of reading. In social media, people exclaim their hatred of reading.

Gallagher goes beyond defining the problem, he offers a solution! This book provides REAL classroom solutions to this Readicide epidemic. He knows the issues that school districts and the common core presents to the everyday teacher and provides you with ways to meet standards and bring back the love of reading to your students.

The book is only 118 pages long; however, I found myself chewing on every single word. Taking notes, creating ideas in my mind, and being inspired for my future classroom! If you have not had an opportunity to read this book and you are a teacher, you must change that soon and go pick up a copy. I borrowed mine from the library; however, I will be purchasing one of my own in order to have access to his resources when planning my reading lesson plans.

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1 comment:

  1. As a student in jr and high school, I learned that I often enjoyed other books by authors we covered in school than the ones actually assigned. In college I was pretty lucky — enjoying most of the assigned work. The one exception to that was Orlando and that was my fault with poor time management. As a parent, I haven't seen either of my kids losing interesting in reading. What I have, found, though, is my plans of building a family library with all my favorite books was ridiculous as both their tastes are different than mine. I've donated a lot of books I had imagined my then imaginary kids liking to make room for the books they actually like.

    It's been a busy week with a cracked toilet, day camp, and paperwork for cross country. Come see what I'm reading


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