I had an interesting conversation with a student this morning about her reading. She was talking about how she's never read as much as she has this year because she had a hard time picking books that she knew she would enjoy. She mentioned that in the past, teachers had never really talked about such a wide range of books and had individual conversations with her about her own reading.
Yesterday, one my students finished my favorite book of all time, 19 Minutes by Jodi Picoult. I always require parent permission before handing over my copy, but the end of that book is just mind blowing. Picoult always has a crazy twist at the end of her books that just leave me shocked. When my student finished this book, she charged into my room and had to "vent" about the ending.
These are definitely my absolute favorite moments as a reading teacher. Even though I haven't worked out all the kinks with running Reading Workshop in my classroom, I absolutely love seeing my students' reading lives changed because of the format. I know it's not perfect, but I love it. I love when my students beg for 5 more minutes to read at the end of workshop. I love when some of them have to hold back their tears at the end of their novels. I love listening to them talk about the books their reading and exchanging titles they might enjoy.
Don't get me wrong; I still have some students who are struggling. I think they are so used to "not liking" reading, they automatically assume any book I offer them is going to be terrible. I know becoming a lifelong reader is a process, but truly, the PROCESS of becoming a lifelong reader is what I love.
I know my counterparts, Mrs. Barrett and Mrs. Burzynski, are seeing similar results and I definitely would not be as excited to do what I'm doing without their support and experience. I love seeing our dedication to Reading Workshop affecting our students in a positive way!