Sharing technology tools like What Should I Read Next? with students will also help students to locate great books more independently. The website provides suggestions for books based upon the "favorites" entered by students. The website goodreads is another fabulous tool to introduce in your classrooms as a way to remind students that reading can actually be fun. What do we look forward to most after reading a great book ourselves? Discussing it with others who have read the same title. We need to facilitate these experiences for our students. Everything we do in the classroom does not need to be attached to a worksheet.
The research speaks for itself. We only need to look at the latest report card put out by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) to be reminded of the
fact that reading more often leads to greater literacy gains. At a conference this fall, Jeffrey Wilhelm, professor and director of the Boise State Writing Project, said something that truly resonated with me: "Teachers show what they think is important by what they devote their time to in the classroom." For me, the answer is simple: If I wish for my students to become skilled readers and critical thinkers, I need to devote time daily to matching students with fabulous books. A non-reader is just a reader looking to you for that first suggestion.