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?
It’s January. In the perfect world all of my students would love reading by now. All of my students would bring their self-chosen book to class, eager to dive in, begging for more reading time. In a perfect world, every child would have a goal they were working toward, every child would be eager to… Continue reading Three Keys to Creating Successful Reading Experiences
Choice. The number one thing all the students I have polled through the years want the most when it comes to reading. No matter how I phrase the question, this answer in all of its versions is always at the top. Sometimes pleading, sometimes demanding, sometimes just stated as a matter of fact; please let… Continue reading The Reading Rules We Would Never Follow as Adult Readers
I have not hidden the fact that my oldest daughter has been a developing reader for the past 2 years. That something that came so easy for me, has been a fight for her, where the words stammered and stuttered and her frustration grew. But. We just received word from her teacher that she is… Continue reading A Parent’s Role in Protecting the Love of Reading
I have been racing through the pages of Carl Deuker’s Gym Candy this weekend. Finding every moment I can to read it. Not because I love football books, anyone who knows me would probably laugh at that considering I don’t watch any football, ever. Not because I am under a special deadline to get it done.… Continue reading On Reading Gaps and Book Recommendations