Getting adolescents interested in reading can be a challenge, but Donalyn Miller is up to the task. In her Teacher Magazine blog, The Book Whisperer, the 6th grade language arts and social studies teacher emphasizes the importance of letting students choose their own reading materials with guidance from their teachers and librarians.
Miller tackles the tension between her philosophy and efforts by state education leaders to impose specific reading standards on students. And she shares fascinating stories from her classroom in which she learns from her students how to best to help them cultivate a love of reading and avoid turning them off to literature.
You can read the Book Whisperer at http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/book_whisperer.