Monday, August 18, marked the start of Teacher Week @ Scholastic. This year's speakers included Dr. Timothy Rasinski, who discussed "The Essentials of Developing Reading Fluency," and writing expert Dr. Ruth Culham, whose presentation was entitled: "The Writing Thief: Using Mentor Texts to Teach the Craft of Writing." You can see the full schedule here.
On Thursday, August 21, Michael W. Smith, co-author of Reading Unbound: Why Kids Need to Read What They Want—and Why We Should Let Them, talked about "The Power of Reading for Pleasure."
Research done by Smith and his co-author, Jeffrey D. Wilhelm, led to a simple conclusion: Parents and teachers should be mindful of the power that pleasure reading holds for young people and be more conscious of trying to cultivate it. As Stephen King said to Wilhelm—and to anyone who would listen: "If someone is telling you not to read something, run out and read it!"