This summer I read Readicide by Kelly Gallagher (a must read if you are an Language Arts teacher). One of the points he made was that teachers beat books to death. When we assign a novel, we teach it and teach it and teach it and never let kids actually read it. We never let them in the zone. You know the zone; where you stop reading and become part of the story. When all you care about is the book. That zone.
So it’s the second week of school and we are reading a novel. I’ve decide to take his advice and just let the kids read it with minimal interruptions. Trouble is… I feel like a slacker. Where are the discussion questions? Where are the checkpoint quizzes? The big class discussions? The small group discussions? The vocab lists? The study guide? All the kids are doing is sitting there reading!
And they like it.