Making Plans to Read During Winter Break

Aside from the good news that Cliff Lee is returning to Philadelphia (woo-hoo!), another happy occurrence I’m enjoying during these chilly December days is my leisure reading.  As a lifelong enthusiastic reader, I don’t need anyone to remind me that an upcoming vacation means having extra time for many of my most favorite things, with reading at the top of that list.

Donalyn Miller, the self-proclaimed “book whisperer” of internet fame, wrote this week (December 11, 2010) about the importance of our students continuing to read during extended school breaks.  I’ve attached a link to her blog post from this week below, but I’ll also summarize it.

She advises that teachers should help students think about and plan for three things before they leave to begin a break:

  • how they will find ample time to read over the break – and set realistic goals for how much reading they’ll do (think about downtime, travel time, reading habits that could be formed),
  • how they will choose enough books and which titles they’ll read (what are they “on” about right now, what are they looking for in something to read), and
  • how they will make a written record of their plan, to ensure they stick to it.

I hope you enjoy reading Donalyn’s blog, and sincerely hope you’ll try this exercise with your students.  If you do, let me know how it goes, and if you’re interested, let me know what YOU plan to read during the break.

I myself will be finishing Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle (which has been life-changing!), working my way through some of the Amber Brown series for a project I’m working on with a teacher, beginning the new textbook for a course I’m taking in January, and starting the Dinosaur Cove series with my kids.

I look forward to hearing what you’re all up to!