This unit is requiring excerpts from The Book Whisperer: chapters 2 & 3 this unit, and chapter 6 the next unit. I am sure some of you taking this class who are wondering, "Why am I reading The Book Whisperer when I don't teach reading?" The lens I want you to use while reading this book is not how to teach reading, rather how does a teacher/facilitator transition from traditional, all-together instruction and change it to a more personalized environment?
Probably all of us have had the let's-all-read-the-same-reading-together-at-the-same-time experience followed by questions, discussions, worksheets, and tasks. As an educator planning learning targets, how can you get away from it? Don't learners need to have the common reading to have the discussions about the learning? How can you even have discussions without it?
How can we have any student accountability if they are all doing different things? Does this mean I have to make parallel lessons for dozens of books rather than one?
Regardless of what content area you teach, view the process of transition and the problem-solving as a teacher/facilitator: how do you take a traditional all-together-now learner setting to create a customized learning environment? How can I do it effectively without creating a massive amount of work for myself? In the next unit, we will focus on your own reflections/learnings and how to apply this transition to your own learners. Even if you are already in a customized environment, let's look for ways to further apply these learnings in new ways to your classroom.