"If we teach a child to read, but fail to develop a desire to read, we will have created a skilled non-reader. A literate illiterate.
And no high test score will ever undo that damage." —Kylene Beers
Our final morning at Boothbay Literacy Institute was filled with artwork, reflection, and goodbyes.
Some folks just knew they wouldn't want to leave—so they didn't—and lingered behind for what Penny Kittle named a lagniappe. 'Lagniappe' is a Louisiana French word meaning "something given as a bonus or extra gift" so this time to share more thinking, writing, teacher stories and a few roasted marshmallows is aptly named. Take a look at the photos and nuggets of learning in the Storify below.
"The smartest person in the room IS the room." —Kylene Beers and Bob Probst
This was one of the most popular tweets from the Boothbay Literacy institute, Day Two. We've been practicing this every moment as we think, write, talk, and reflect on what this mean for our students, how this empowers them as thinkers, inquirers, and learners.
From early morning writing workshop with Linda Rief, to critical conversations prompted by Kylene Beers and Bob Probst, beautiful book recommendations by Teri Lesesne, and hearing from our legendary, beloved guest speaker Nancie Atwell, Boothbay Day One imparted nothing short of solid foundation for real change.
This year marks the tenth year of the annual Boothbay Literacy Institute, hosted by Kylene Beers, Robert Probst and distinguished faculty. Sunday night's opening session began with Kylene and Bob igniting thinking and conversation along with a panel including Penny Kittle, Linda Rief, and Teri Lesesne. Kylene posed questions for us all to hold close this week: What needs to change? What assumptions make that change hard?
On Tuesday, August 9th, author Kylene Beers hosted a Facebook Live Q&A on her book When Kids Can't Read. In the book, Kylene offers teachers the comprehensive handbook they've needed to help readers improve their skills. During the Facebook Live event, Kylene talked about how the book connects to Signposts (from Notice and Note and Reading Nonfiction). She talked about how her views on comprehension have changed over the years, her thoughts on audiobooks, spelling and vocabulary worksheets and so much more.
In When Kids Can't Read, Kylene Beers offers teachers the comprehensive handbook they've needed to help readers improve their skills. On Tuesday, August 9 at 8:00 p.m. ET, Kylene will host a Facebook Live Q&A on this book. The details are at the bottom of this post.
Below, read an excerpt of When Kids Can't Read, detailing Kylene's beliefs about teaching reading to struggling readers.