As I write this, I'm inflight on my way home from a workshop. I'm reminded of something someone said at the workshop about parents expecting education and today's classroom to look like it did when they were in school. I think parents also expect reading to look the same. As a teacher I hope to engage students unlike I was in school as a reader. I often WONDER if we all cultivated an environment that values and embraces the development of reading habits, what kind of students and learners we could have? I think Donalyn's statement sums it up best, "I want my students to see reading as something they do-- not something remarkable or rare. I want them to read because they enjoy it and feel comfortable in their reading personalities" (p. 3).
Donalyn spends time describing and talking about how you know you are a reader living a "reading life", and so I'll leave you with a short story that I was reminded of when reflecting on how I know I live a "reading life." One day my daughter and I were in the car, at a red light and I pulled out my book. She said to me, "I bet lots of kids have to tell their parents not to text and drive, but not me! I have to tell my mom not to read and drive!"