I’m Reading

You may have noticed around the school that I’m Reading signs are popping up all over the place. And if you haven’t noticed, it’s time to.
Adults around KIS are showing their enjoyment of reading by sharing titles of novels, usually on images of book titles, on bulletin boards outside of their classrooms. Everything from Dr. Puk reading Finders Keepers, Mr. Aaron reading Sailor and Lula, to Ms. Ana reading Contos.
I wanted to find out a bit more about why teachers are doing this so I dropped by a few classes to hear what teachers had to say.

I’m currently reading the second book of the All Souls trilogy by Deborah Harkness. Shadow of Night is about witches, vampires, demons and humans. I also recommend The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, since it is a classic. If someone’s into history and into knowing about how some eccentric people rise to power (and how that affects daily life), one could read The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin.” – Ms. Lynley

“I’m reading the The Lunar Chronicles by Merissa Meyer. I like the ideas of the future as projected by the author. I think it’s an interesting device to use the plot or character basics from traditional fairy tales and weave them with science fiction. I would recommend these quick reads available from the library. And it’s fun to talk about the books with other people who have read them. Reading helps students because critical thinking is one of every students (person’s?) most challenging skills to develop. It expands our experiences and knowledge and gives a broader perspective to base assumptions on, make connections and draw new comparisons, than from our limited life experiences.” – Mr. Pat

“I’m reading Ancient Gonzo Wisdom by Hunter S. Thompson. The book is a collection of interviews with Hunter S. Thompson from the 1960s to the 2000s. I find what he has to say about life and society interesting. I wouldn’t recommend this book to students because it mainly deals with American counter culture in the 1960s and the American political system in the 1970s. From a language building perspective, reading can improve your vocabulary range and writing skills. But more importantly, developing a love of reading is a lifelong activity that give endless hours of enjoyment and pleasure. I can’t imagine reading not being part of my life.” – Mr. Aaron

As you can see, these people take their reading seriously. You could take the time to ask people what they are reading (which has been displayed outside their classrooms).
In case you haven’t heard, and may be interested, students will be meeting in the library on Wednesday, December 14th, to do something that is not usually done in the library, that’s right, they’re going to READ. If you’re interested in joining on Wednesday to find out more about this reading initiative you can talk to Saloni or Adriana in G10.
I will leave you with the following quote from George R. R. Martin, “Sleep is good, he said, and books are better.”

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