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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Disrupting Thinking



I've had Disruptive Thinking: Why How We Read Matters by Kylene Beers and Robert E. Probst sitting on my desk for a little while, it was one of my planned summer readings.  It didn't take long to hook me on this one.  I'm going to share some of the ideas that really resonated with me, but you'll want to read this book for yourself.


Clicking on the book cover will take you to Amazon.
These are some of the ideas that really hit me:

  • Books should change the reader: books should disrupt, alter, and change the thinking of every reader in different ways.
  • Tomorrow's Leaders need to do more than extract information.  They need to "learn to think creatively, critically, collaboratively, and compassionately.  To get there we need to change the way they think as they read."(page 22) As teachers this means we need to look closely at the questions we ask students.  Are we simply asking them to extract information or are we asking them to respond to their own thinking about the text?  "We ask students why Jess took Maybelle to Terabithia when we should be asking how Terabithia has changed their understanding of who they, the readers, are." (page 21-22)
  • Book, Head, and Heart (BHH) Reading - We want kids to know what's in the book, we want them thinking about what's in their own head and we want them to recognize what they took to heart, what changed in them from reading the text.  This anchor chart is shown in the book to help students remember that we start with what's in the book, but ultimately need to get to how it affects us.   This chart would be great as an anchor chart or in a reading toolkit.
Honestly, there are so many great things in this book, I could go on with those bullet points for a long time! Other topics in this book include: 
  • Silent reading and what research really does say
  • Focused silent reading
  • Best practices and next practices (things that may work better in the future)
  • Disruptive practices
  • Teaching about topics that are relevant to our students
  • Giving students choice
  • Using real conversation in the classroom
  • Making change that impacts students and their learning
If you are looking to change how your students read, you'll want to pick up this book. It would also make a great faculty book club book.  

Happy Reading!

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