Donalyn Miller: Reading Response in the 21st Century

  1. Envious of all of those sitting in @donalynbooks‘s presentation at #wsra13 right now. Thankful that twitter allows me to “hear” some of it.
  2. It’s hard to be a technology or student expert. Something or someone shows up just when you think you figured it out. @donalynbooks #WSRA13
  3. How do readers respond to the books that they read? (not students, readers). 1) Talk about books and 2) rec’d books. -@donalynbooks #WSRA13
  4. 10 minutes a day of meaningful talk about reading: powerful influence on achievement & engagement, but least utilized. @donalynbooks #WSRA13
  5. Go offline (talk, write) about reading before you go online with your students. – @donalynbooks #WSRA13
  6. How does technology immersion (as opposed to “integration”) benefit students? Use best tool for task; not always tech. @donalynbooks #WSRA13
  7. Most kids “tech comfy” but not tech savvy. They don’t explore all the possible options & not always safe online. – Donalyn Miller #WSRA13
  8. Process for learning reading response: 1) Research published work, 2) Determine exemplar criteria, 3) Study books/authors -Donalyn #WSRA13
  9. Process for Learning Reading Response: 4) Create product – writer, 5) Publish – feedback and reflect – Donalyn Miller #WSRA13
  10. MT @DerekBraman: Good use of read aloud time (student meaningful talk). Can easily be done and should be a focus of the time. #WSRA13
  11. Goodreads (secondary) and Edmodo (elementary) are great social networks to promoto dialogue about books. – Donalyn Miller #WSRA13
  12. Capture thoughts or summarize ideas with students with – Donalyn Miller #WSRA13
  13. #WSRA13 technology offers authentic opportunities for students’ response; variety of tools offers students’ choice @donalynbooks
  14. Writing About Reading by Janet Angelillo a great resource for reading response. – Donalyn Miller #WSRA13
  15. Wonderopolis provides a question of the day for kids to discuss. App and web-based. -Donalyn Miller #WSRA13
  16. Evernote is a great tool for collecting student assessments. It is not a “unitasker” – can document all learning. -Donalyn Miller #WSRA13
  17. Pic Collage a great tool for taking photos of reading for the week, summarize learning. Students do the work. – Donalyn Miller #WSRA13
  18. Twitter is the best free PD tool I have ever used. – Donalyn Miller #WSRA13
  19. When authors put themselves out there on Twitter, they want to be approached. Interact with them, Ss ask questions. -Donalyn Miller #WSRA13
  20. Epicenter readers: Kids who can change other kids’ reading habits by their own great reading habits. -Donalyn Miller #WSRA13
  21. First thing to do when getting a Twitter account: replace the egg with a profile photo of yourself. Get more followers. – Donalyn #WSRA13
  22. .@HowePrincipal The best author connections I’ve seen in class have been through Twitter. #wsra13 @donalynbooks
  23. The tech I use w/ Stdts are engaging, accessible beyond school and free. I’d rather spend my money on books. – Donalyn Miller #WSRA13

Author: Matt Renwick

Matt Renwick is an 18-year public educator who began as a 5th and 6th-grade teacher in Rudolph, WI. He now serves as an elementary principal for the Mineral Point Unified School District ( Matt also teaches online graduate courses in curriculum design and instructional leadership for the University of Wisconsin-Superior. He tweets @ReadByExample and writes for ASCD ( and Lead Literacy (

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