I write this post not to shun, not to rage, and not to put down. I write this post not to say what is right or wrong, but instead to add a little tiny piece to the ongoing discussion of where reading logs may or may not fit into our classrooms. Of the damage and… Continue reading On Reading Logs
“…Mrs. Ripp, should we bring this home?” A student is waving the status of the class form I just had them glue in their notebook during our first week of 7th grade English. “No, please don’t,” I answer, “This is not a reading log, just a tool for you to use here in class.”… Continue reading Before You Assign a Reading Log
He told me that this year he wanted a friend. Just one. That other kids didn’t like him. That they made fun of him. That they were mean. That they went out of their way to make him feel less than. That perhaps he had no reason to be alive because no one seemed to… Continue reading The True Power of Technology
It appears that in our quest to make sure students can comprehend what they read that we have lost our common sense. That we have started listening much more to programs, politicians, and shoddy research than the very kids who the programs are happening to. That we have pushed the ideas of teachers aside, of… Continue reading A Call for Common Sense Reading Instruction
33% of my 118 7th graders told me they had not read a single book last summer. That books were just not their thing or they were simply too busy. 33%…Many of them told me they had read the book club books they had been assigned the year before but not that much else. Some… Continue reading The 7th Grade Reading Challenge
But how do you know they are reading? How do you know they read at home? How do you know that what they are reading is worth their time? Is challenging them? Is what they should be reading? These are the questions I am asked a lot. These are also the questions I juggle myself.… Continue reading Are They Reading At Home?