My Big Fat Secret to Holding Kids Accountable for Reading

My Big Fat Secret to Holding Kids Accountable for Reading

“Does he really want us to read every day?” I overheard one of my rambunctious boys ask the kid next to him. It was only the first week of school. I think it’s important to be strong and clear with expectations early on.

“Every day of your life for the rest of your life,” I answered with a smile. “But,” I was quick to add, “you probably won’t. I won’t either and that’s okay. It’s a goal to shoot for. We’ll help each other.”

"Even on Christmas?" he asked.

"Even on on Christmas."

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How Many Minutes

How Many Minutes

School is a numbers game, but not the kind many legislators and test publishers want. It’s less about graph-able data points on a spreadsheet and more about minutes on the clock.

How many minutes do our students read each day? Reading software doesn’t count. Reading related activities don’t count. Reading worksheets don’t count. Just reading.

How many minutes do our students write each day? Spelling lessons don’t count. Typing websites don’t count. Fill-in-the-blank worksheets don’t count either. Just writing. Really writing.

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What I Hate About Reading

What I Hate About Reading

Reading logs are the definition of a fun suck.

They are one of the few things I truly hate about reading. I used them one year because all the other teachers were using them. I witnessed first hand their destructive power.

I saw reading become a chore to be finished instead of an escape to be taken. I saw honest students turn into liars by forging their parent’s signature. I saw voracious readers get in trouble for not filling out their log. I saw the voyage of reading become reduced to swabbing the deck all in the name of helping students be responsible.

I used them once. I’ll never go back.

 

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