Passover Reading – Haggadot and More!
I was like a kid in a candy store this past weekend. Instead of chocolate bars and gummy bears, I was surrounded by books and teaching materials. The ASCD Conference (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) in Anaheim offered presentations on the latest research in education and I ate it up. I know I bought more books than I can possibly read at once, but I couldn’t help myself. For me it’s like trying to eat just one M&M. To create a plan for dealing with this, I have focused my Pesach break reading on The Motivated Brain: Improving Student Attention, Engagement, and Perseverance. It seems like an odd choice for vacation reading, but I love this stuff.
What are you reading over the Pesach break? This is one of the questions I want you to ask your child. The other question is, “What book(s) do you want me to read to you?” There is much to be gained from a conversation about books and an opportunity to develop the idea that vacations are for reading. The concept of choosing a book is key. We read more and with better focus when we get to choose what we read. Pesach is a time for reading (the Haggadah) and asking questions (4 of them). It makes sense to extend these acts during the time we have away from school.
When we are back together on April 24, I look forward to hearing about your reading adventures. Maybe you will even read about candy and chocolate! Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Chocolate Fever, and The Chocolate Touch are some good ones.