Just when we thought the world couldn’t get any crazier, I come to find out that there are reading researchers who actually believe that independent reading is not an effective use of classroom instructional time. Are you like me in thinking, “What you talkin’ ‘bout Willis?” (Sidebar: Someone out there, please tell me you remember this classic 1980s reference!).
Yes, yes. It’s true – in fact, social media conversations have turned quite contentious in this conversation. Don’t believe me? Read this Twitter conversation between a teacher and a certain unnamed reading researcher.
Teacher: Kids ALSO need true independent reading time full of choice and supporting own interests to build that love and internal desire to read!
Unnamed-Reading-Researcher: “Yes, but I wouldn’t pay a professional teacher to watch them do that.”
Here’s where I channel my dear Jewish great-grandmother with a disgusted shake of my head and a resigned “Oy veh.”