Author Biographies

Naitnaphit Limlamai, a former high school English teacher, is currently a doctoral candidate in the Joint Program in English and Education at the University of Michigan where she is completing her dissertation on secondary English teacher preparation, how that work manifests justice, and how those ideas travel from university preparation course work to student teaching classrooms. She has additional interests in how writers develop as such and collaboration. She teaches secondary English methods courses; works as an editorial assistant for Research in the Teaching of English; and serves as the diversity, inclusion, justice, and equity chair of the Michigan Council of Teachers of English.


Abstract: In this narrative, the author relays the experience of meeting virtually with two small book clubs, one sixth grade and one eighth grade, during the 2020-2021 school year. Meeting over Zoom, choosing books to read, and creating their own community, the members of the book club explore three major themes in their time together talking about books: connecting reading and writing, learning more about themselves, and building understandings about the world. Weaving the book club members’ voices with her own pedagogical decision-making, the author illustrates new ways to think about teaching as she centers student choice and flexible pedagogies.

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