Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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I can admit that I am addicted to books!  I love to read myself, but even more, I love reading to my class and seeing my students' love for reading.  I use to buy 948293489238492 books each school year (that got expensive)… #amazonprimeaddict

I taught special education for 8 years and had my fair share of reluctant readers … which literally broke my heart! 

I needed something to motivate my little learners…so…I searched high and low for high interest books for them at their level!   

So with that said, I am a HUGE fan of Readers' Workshop and students' choosing their own books.   I am now teaching 2nd grade, and although I don't have any reluctant readers (I KNOW!!!!!!!), I still use strategies to engage my readers.
I 100% believe in student choice with their reading books, because who wants to read books that they are uninterested in?  (I know I don't)  My mission was to find many different books that my students were interested in to motivate my students to read.  I needed books to lure them to love reading haha!

My solution… 


YES … they make it soooo easy!  You can use the card catalog online, request books, and have your library hold them.  You can just go pick up the books at the front desk!  So easy!  AND … at my library if you can't find the book at your library, you can look at the consortium and have them ship the book to your library! 

But seriously, I use my public library often because it is convenient and I can check out a ton of books that are of interest to my students.  It was great during our animal study because I can request a bunch of different animal books!  Also, be on the lookout for library book sales!  At my library you can get a bag of books for 5 bucks!  I literally have at least 50 books on tape and SOOOOOO many books from these book sales!

We are about to launch our author study!  This year I am choosing Kevin Henkes.  I went to the library today to pick up books.  I already own many of his books, but I know once we get started my students are going to want to read his books!  Do your students RUN to grab your read aloud books?  My students do and at our school library they always check out books that we have read in class or by authors we love!  #socute 

The library books stay in a separate bin and students know when they are done to put them back! :) 

If I wasn't a teacher, I think I would be a librarian!!!!  For real!  

Alright, I am off to go for a walk!  Crazy New England weather!!!  

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