This reading snapshot of one of our beloved college students at Gracepoint Berkeley church evokes strong nostalgia for all of us erstwhile students. Whether your school was on a quarter or semester calendar, it seemed like there were always late nights studying for exams or writing papers. So you sleep when you can, and sometimes fall asleep when you don’t mean to! In her defense, she’s reading The Grand Inquisitor from The Brothers Karamazov, by my man Fyodor Dostoyevsky. And Russian literature is no joke; it requires some serious brain power. So she’s probably just *resting her eyes* and brain for a few minutes before diving back into contemplating human nature!
It happens to the best of us. However, The Brothers K is a marathon, not a sprint…so you go, girl!
(I posted this picture with her permission – I promise!)
One of my absolute favorite books on reading is The Book Whisperer, by Donalyn Miller. Reading this book *actually* changed my (teaching) life, and affirmed the growing suspicion that the traditional way of “teaching” reading has been going in the wrong direction for a long time. But more on this later. I will have tons of time to devote posts to my reading philosophy, and the wisdom I’ve gleaned from Donalyn Miller and Penny Kittle, my two most influential reading gurus, if you will.
Miller writes about “stealing reading moments” whenever we can, and that when we add all of them up, we can gain 20-3o extra minutes of reading a day. Those moments will look different for kids and adults, but can include waiting for your ride, if you finish your assignment early, waiting in any sort of line, on the ferry/bart/shuttle to work. When I was a teacher, I trained my students to seize these moments, and I loved hearing stories from other teachers about how during testing times, they’d look up at the students who finished early and see a bunch of noses buried in books with Kim written across the top. (They’d also see a few trying to sneak on their phones under their desks too, but hey, they probably weren’t my students!)
Anyway, I was reminded of “stealing reading moments” last Saturday when I was at a wedding reception for a couple over at Gracepoint Berkeley church.
The smaller kid is actually leafing through a really challenging chapter book classic, but the fact is that he’s super engaged.
I love how “in the zone” they are, oblivious to whatever exciting story Johnson is telling nearby. 🙂 I promise the picture wasn’t posed!
How are you going to try and steal some reading moments this week?