Window / Mirror Reading

As I read books this summer, I tried to also make Reading Notebook Pages to practice showing my thinking I tried a new structure based on the idea that a book can be a mirror and allows me to see myself in it and a book can be a window into a world unknown to me. This is based on Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop’s writing about Windows, Mirrors and Sliding Glass Doors HERE. The last book I read allowed me to record my thinking using both the window and mirroe structure. If you haven’t read Vincent and Theo by Deborah Heligman, I highly recommend it!

I am proud of all the reading I was able to accomplish this summer. I made this reading log and graph to show all I have read since the pandemic began on March 13th:

This format allows me to reflect on volume, genre and author identity. I read 28 books in 5 months. This equals about 1.5 books per week. It could be more. However, I have found my pandemic reading focus to bit strained so I will give myself some grace. Going forward, maybe I’ll aim for 2 books a week. When I made the target graph, I assumed I would read a variety of genres. But I should just admit it. I love HF and RF and I am starting to like NF more. I tend to read YA but keep nudging myself to include adult books, too. Going forward, I think I will leave off Mystery and Fantasy on my next bullseye. They aren’t the genres that I’m into right now. I do want to read more poetry, so I will keep it on the target. As for reading with a diversity lens, 15/28 books were by non-white authors. I will continue to be aware of the author’s identity and choose books by authors different from me.

FInal note: This edutopia article offers ways to incorporate the Sliding Door – maybe that is my next step! How did my perpective change because I read this book? What might a sliding door notebook page look like?

8 thoughts on “Window / Mirror Reading

  1. Ramona says:

    I love this! And I zoomed in to see what you’ve been reading and requested The Power of Ritual. I wish there were a way to remind myself that you were the one who recommended it when it finally arrives (I’m #22 on the holds list). Thanks for sharing your notebook pages.


  2. Fran McCrackin says:

    The window and mirror idea is fantastic, and I love how you celebrate your reading by list and bullseye chart. You demonstrate how effective and engaging these visual methods of analysis can be. You don’t focus on it, but your noticing that 15/28 books you read were by non-white authors is powerful. That is a great way to fight implicit bias- through exposure and enjoyment.


  3. jcareyreads says:

    I love how this target caused you to reflect on your own reading identity…at the moment. You set new goals. This is what a notebook is supposed to help you do. I’ve had trouble focusing and reading since we’ve been home. I’m looking forward to my commute beginning again so I can listen to more books. I’ve added the title you shared here to my list. Thank you.


  4. franmcveigh says:

    Love your reading identity work in the form of a one page log and your target graph. My reading continued since March but alas, my “logging” suffered. 😦 Vincent and Theo are on my TBR list.


  5. Ms Victor Reads says:

    I introduced the terms windows, mirrors, and sliding glass doors to my group B hybrid kids today (so worried I will forget to repeat important beginning lessons with my group A kids and vice versa). I love the way you model living a reading life!


  6. MegMcCormick says:

    Wow! So genius to craft notebook pages with actual windows and mirrors! I cannot wait to use this idea going forward! This slice was the sparkle I needed to get me excited about this year!


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