Disrupting Thinking: Why How We Read Matters

Why How We Read Matters

Disrupting Thinking: Why How We Read Matters

Why How We Read Matters

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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.”


“Kylene and Bob show up again, just when we need them most! As we struggle to teach our students the difference between real and fake news and we deal with real backlash from the public about over testing of our students, this book provides a common sense

framework for teaching our kids to be reasonable, responsible, and compassionate readers.”

—SHAWN BIRD, ED.D, Chief Academic Officer, Pasadena USD

“Many of us began our journey of helping students become more thoughtful readers with Notice and Note Strategies for Close Reading and then Reading Nonfiction, both by Kylene Beers and Bob Probst. Now, in Disrupting Thinking: Why How We Read Matters, Beers and Probst show us the next steps to take and these next steps will cause you to say what I said as I finished the book, “Amen!” Disrupting Thinking shows you how to help your readers read more deeply, read more responsibly, and actually, just read more. It will give you hope for your students and hope for the future of Education.”

—JULIE STOVER, Reading Specialist, East York Elementary, York Suburban School District

“I sit here, having just finished Disrupting Thinking, and one word keeps running through my head, “Wow!” Perhaps that’s because in this book, Bob and Kylene do what they do best: they provide the very best mix of research, their real-life work in classrooms, and

their hallmark straight talk about the complex world of educating our most precious resource. And to top it off, their humor is laced throughout the pages. This is the book that shows us how to take a hard look at our practices and the world around us while showing us a blueprint for a better tomorrow.”

—MECHIEL ROZAS, Director of Secondary Literacy, Houston ISD

About the Author

Kylene Beers
An award-winning educator and author of many professional books and has most recently served as the Senior Reading Advisor to the Reading and Writing Project at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Robert E. Probst Ed.D.
Author and consultant and Professor Emeritus of English Education at Georgia State University. He speaks to administrators and teachers on literacy improvement, issues surrounding struggling readers and meeting standards.

Product Details

  • Item #: NTS813290
  • ISBN13: 9781338132908
  • Format: Professional Book
  • Pages: 176
  • Grades: K - 12
  • Funding Type:
    Title I, Part A,
    Title II, Part A,
    Title II, Part B, LEARN,
    Title III,
    Title IV, Part A, SSAEG

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