Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Most Important Thing

Sometimes I feel like the Apostle Paul when he repeats himself.  "Again I say rejoice."  There are several things I've said so many times that I can begin a sentence and my children finish it.  For example, 

Me:  The most important thing a reader does is...
Kids:  ...understand.

We say this one a lot.  In fact, it's so worth saying and believing that we made a classroom book about it.  (I believe I saw this at a Regie Routman workshop.  She's my hero.)  I took pictures of all my kids reading to themselves.  Then I met with them individually and asked for three things that good readers do.  I supplied the first and last line on each page, but the middle three ideas belong to them.

I didn't think posting 26 pages of this book was worthy of my time or yours, but I wanted to include some of the other thoughts they came up with.  Here are a few.  So, what do good readers do?

They don't distract other people.
They go back and reread.
They don't spend their time looking around when they don't know a word.
They get a book lickity-split.
They look for chunks.
They use their pointer finger.
They can talk about the book.
They use their strategies.
They read fluently.
They go back and read again if they read like a robot.
They love to read.
They read like peanut butter and jelly.
They read the whole time.
They keep their nose in the book.
They go back if they make a mistake.
They don't guess.
They get stuck in a book.
They read every day they need to breathe.

(I think they've been listening.)

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  1. Great post - I am your newest follower and i've tagged you in a game. Come on over to check it out! YOUR IT!

    Kaleigh's Klassroom

  2. Ahh, that is such a great idea. The book is super cute.

    Ms. Smith
    Adventures of Ms. Smith

  3. Thanks for following Kaleigh and thanks Ms. Smith for leaving a little note!

  4. I love this idea! Thank you for sharing it. Now I'm your newest follower.

    First Impressions

  5. i love this idea, too! thank you for your sweet comment on my blog...much appreciated :)

  6. That's a book to show some parents! Love this idea! They've learned so much!

    Peace, Love and First Grade

  7. Love that last comment especially: read every day they need to breathe! Sounds like these students have soaked up your teaching!!!
    Conversations in Literacy

  8. I love "they read like peanut butter and jelly"! They are listening!

  9. Thank you Dee, Keri, Laura, Lori, Sandi, and Lisa for taking time to comment. I do so appreciate your thoughtful words.

  10. This is so great. I love hearing what the kids are thinking. :)

  11. We read "The Important Book" when we're learning about Main Idea, but I love this idea, too. We also do "The Most Important Thing About Being a Second Grader" to give to the first graders at the end of the year.

    Second Grade Silliness 

  12. Emily, Thanks for dropping by and sharing your comments!

  13. Hi Tammy!

    Thanks for joining my blog! Now I am your newest follower too!


  14. Love this! What a great way to build students' confidence and love for reading! A++++

    The 3AM Teacher

  15. Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment Michelle. It's all about falling in love with reading!

  16. Just found your blog. Thanks for commenting on my blog. I'm your newest follower! Cute stuff.


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