The Text Connections We Need to Be Making by Liz Garden

Nerdy Book Club

I remember when I was in first grade; I spent more time in the school library than I did in my classroom.  It’s true.  My teacher, Mr. Page, would send me to read in the library because I didn’t fit into the blue, red, or green reading group.   And so I spent my days devouring books, curled up in a corner of the library, while the rest of my class slowly moved through the boring, leveled readers that were mostly only good at sucking the life out of books and reading.

Fast forward twenty years, and I remember as a second grade teacher, making sure to have a classroom library in my room that had books of every level and interest.  Students weren’t sent out of my room to read by themselves in the school library.  Instead they were given time to devour books and hopefully develop a love of…

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