Can we talk...about books? YES! Steven Layne talks about providing time in the school day for students to discuss the books they are reading independently. What a way to demonstrate that reading for enjoyment is important! Steven reminds us that connecting kids with the "right" books is key to the success of book discussions.
There are lots of good ideas in this chapter. I love that Steven Layne always returns to the power of modeling and scaffolding for students. The strategy of "enthusiastic conversations" on page 92 is brilliant! Don't forget to check out his pride and joy rubric on pages 95 and 96.