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"If we really want our students to become wild readers, independent of our support and oversight, sometimes the best thing we can do is get out of the way." ~ Donalyn Miller
"While we need to stay informed about what they read and remain connected to our students, we don't need to participate in every discussion or endorse every book. If students depend on our validation for every book they read, they aren't reading for their own purposes and needs. They are playing the teacher-pleaser game." ~ Donalyn Miller
"A classroom atmosphere that promotes reading does not come from the furniture and its placement as much as it comes from the teacher's expectation that students will read." ~ Donalyn Miller
"Students will read if we give them the books, the time, and the enthusiastic encouragement to do so. If we make them wait for the one unit a year in which they are allowed to choose their own books and become readers, they may never read at all. To keep our students reading, we have to let them." ~ pg. 177" ~ Donalyn Miller
"The purpose of school should not be to prepare students for more school. We should be seeking to have fully engaged students now." ~ Donalyn Miller
"This is how I show my students that I love them - by putting books in their hands, by noticing what they are about, and finding books that tell them, "I know. I know. I know how it is. I know who you are, and even though we may never speak of it, read this book, and know that I understand you." ~ Donalyn Miller
"I realized that every lesson, conference, response, and assignment I taught must lead students away from me and toward their autonomy as literate people." ~ Donalyn Miller
"Exposing students to lots of books and positive reading experiences while building a network of other readers who support each other provides students with tools that last beyond the classroom setting." ~ Donalyn Miller
"Students regularly ask me for book recommendations. They trust me because I know them as readers and I know about books. When making reading suggestions, though, I am careful not to influence students' opinions of the books too much or take away their ability to choose freely what they want to read. I want my students to trust themselves and develop the ability to make their own book choices." ~ Donalyn Miller
"I never tell students they cannot read a book they pick up, but I do guide them toward books that I think would be a good fit for them. I think of myself as a reading mentor—a reader who can help them find books they might like." ~ Donalyn Miller
"Although I enjoy digging through the library to help students find books, my aim is to help them develop self-confidence in choosing books for themselves." ~ Donalyn Miller
"Students must develop relationships with reading peers and use online, print, and other resources to inform their book choices, or they will not develop the confidence and capacity they need to self-select books successfully." ~ Donalyn Miller
"Empowered and knowledgeable, wild readers know they can walk into any library or bookstore and find something to read. Our students must develop this confidence and capacity to become wild readers themselves." ~ Donalyn Miller
"By believing that only some of our students will ever develop a love of books and reading, we ignore those who do not fall into books and reading on their own. We renege on our responsibility to teach students how to become self-actualized readers. We are selling our students short by believing that reading is a talent and that lifelong reading behaviors cannot be taught." ~ Donalyn Miller
"Students need to make their own choices about reading material and writing topics." ~ Donalyn Miller
"I don't believe some teachers consider whether their classroom instruction fosters the development of reading habits in their students. Reflecting on the landslide of crossword puzzles, dioramas, annotations, and reading logs assigned to their students for every book they read, teachers might realize that instead of encouraging students to read, these mindless assignments make kids hate reading. Primarily assigned to generate grades and give teachers a false sense that they are holding students accountable for reading, these counterfeit activities—that no wild reader completes on his or her own—guarantee that their students will avoid reading. If we care about our students' reading lives, we must foster their lifelong reading habits and eliminate or reduce the negative influences of classroom practices that don't align with what wild readers do." ~ Donalyn Miller
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