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"I Hate Reading"

Overcoming Shame in the Reading Classroom

With I Hate Reading, learn how to build relationships so shame-bound readers trust enough to risk enough to grow.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781071844823
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Series: Corwin Literacy
  • Year: 2022
  • Page Count: 272
  • Publication date: October 18, 2022

Price: $28.95



It can take a lifetime to eradicate a reader’s shame—or it can take one great teacher

Shame-bound readers want someone to notice them
. It’s true. But then what does a teacher do to help students? Justin Stygles found fresh answers in Gershen Kaufman’s seminal research on shame and applied it to his teaching. The results proved to him—and now us—that building relationships and taking deliberate actions to alleviate shame is crucial.

With this remarkable book, Stygles shows us how to build an interpersonal bridge with students and make vulnerability okay. But make no mistake—disengaged readers need to feel competent before they fully buy in, and so the author packs the book with powerful instructional ideas. Learn to:

  • Spot all the distress signals, including withdrawal, perfectionism, and compliance.
  • Help students see that they are not permanently locked out of a reading life
  • Use assessment instruments to note and celebrate incremental change
  • Plan mini-units that develop skills in concert with engagement
  • Design small group experiences that are free of levels and other shame-inducing labels
  • Pump up independent reading with scaffolding and sociability
  • Harness writing about reading to convince students of their uniqueness.

The shame factor is real. It’s time we meet it head on, with innovation and the best thinking from multiple research fields. I Hate Reading is the tool that does just that.



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Justin M. Stygles

Justin Stygles has served readers as an intermediate and middle grades teacher for nineteen years. For many years he taught grades 4-6 in rural and coastal Maine schools. His other experiences include working in summer literacy programs in rural, suburban, and private schools. He currently teaches fourth grade in Portland, Maine. Justin is from a military background and graduated with an associate degree in harness racing before becoming an educator. He’s served on committees with the International Literacy Association and National Council of Teachers of English. Previous publications include articles Literacy Today, Voices from the Middle, and Hoof Beats. I Hate Reading is his first professional book.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Disrupting Pedagogy: Prioritizing Students in the Shadows of Shame

Chapter 2: Mentoring Readers: Why You Matter Most of All

Chapter 3: Getting to Know the Reader: Identity, Experience, and Mirrors

Chapter 4: Reading for Themselves: Helping Students Claim their Reading Independence

Chapter 5: Pathways Toward Comprehension: Using Reader Perceptions Strategically

Chapter 6: Rethinking Intervention: When It’s Time to Go “Eye to Eye, Knee to Knee”

Chapter 7: Finding the Reader Through Writing About Reading




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