Disrupting Thinking: Why How We Read Matters

Disrupting Thinking: Why How We Read Matters

In their hit books Notice and Note and Reading Nonfiction, Kylene Beers and Bob Probst showed teachers how to help students become close readers. Now, in Disrupting Thinking they take teachers a step further and discuss an on-going problem: lack of engagement with reading. They explain that all too often, no matter the strategy shared with students, too many students remain disengaged and reluctant readers. The problem, they suggest, is that we have misrepresented to students why we read and how we ought to approach any text - fiction or nonfiction.

With their hallmark humor and their appreciated practicality, Beers and Probst present a vision of what reading and what education across all the grades could be. Hands-on-strategies make it applicable right away for the classroom teacher, and turn-and-talk discussion points make it a guidebook for school-wide conversations. In particular, they share new strategies and ideas for helping classroom teachers:

--Create engagement and relevance
--Encourage responsive and responsible reading
--Deepen comprehension
--Develop lifelong reading habits

“We think it’s time we finally do become a nation of readers, and we know it’s time students learn to tell fake news from real news. It’s time we help students understand why how they read is so important,” explain Beers and Probst. “Disrupting Thinking is, at its heart, an exploration of how we help students become the reader who does so much more than decode, recall, or choose the correct answer from a multiple-choice list. This book shows us how to help students become the critical thinkers our nation needs them to be."

Title:Disrupting Thinking: Why How We Read Matters
Edition Language:English
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  • Casey

    While I thought the book was interesting, I don't think I was the proper audience for it. As a teacher, I have a lot, if not unlimited, freedom to teach what I want, how I want. A lot of the concepts ...

  • Sarah

    One of the best professional development books I've ever read! Beers and Probst disrupted my thinking about how I teach reading and have given me a lot to reflect on before I begin a new year of teach...

  • Holly Mueller

    Just like Notice & Note and Reading Nonfiction, this is a must read if you are teaching reading. I've been sharing the BHH strategy with teachers in PD, and I've observed its implementation in the cla...

  • Andrea Levin

    This book is practical, grounded in research, and inspiring! (I laughed! I cried! I marked it up like crazy and made lists of how I will implement the ideas in my classes!) I recommended it to all peo...

  • Kim Bahr

    Lots of reflective thinking while reading this book. Reading should be disrupted with thinking so we can grow, discover, and change. ...

  • Sarah Krajewski

    If you haven't read Kylene Beers and Bob Probst's latest title, make it part of your summer reading! Just finished it today, and it will give any reader the courage to stand up for what our students n...

  • Pernille Ripp

    Lots of respect for the authors and I loved the gathering of research, but if you have read their other work or the work of others, a lot of this will be repeat information. Very accessible though and...

  • Diz

    This book is a good reminder of what is important when it comes to teaching reading. With the recent focus on test scores, teachers may be pressured into teaching approaches that don't really cultivat...

  • Eric

    A fantastic look at what matters in reading and in school. This book empowers teachers to move past the test and towards helping students grow as people, scholars, and citizens. Kids solving problems ...

  • J & J

    I wasn't sure how to rate this fairly because although the information was solid, there was nothing I didn't already know. It was a good reminder of reading strategies and more importantly that studen...