Availability and choice. Huh. Who knew that humans might want to govern their own interests and identities? Turns out, a robust in-class library (as opposed to the room down the hall full of computers), gets kids jazzed.
“I only read books that teachers made me read,” the sophomore said. “I never found them interesting, words without pictures.”
Now Baldwin is a voracious reader, plowing through almost 15 books so far this school year.
She said Guevara sparked her love of books because he has an extensive in-classroom library with hundreds of books — fiction and nonfiction. He also gives his students 10 to 20 minutes of free reading time at the beginning of each class, which he celebrates in a series of Facebook postings he calls “Students Reading Choice Books.”