The engaged reader, the avid reader, the dormant reader, and the "I am going to turn pages and act like I am reading but I am not really reading" reader...there are many types of readers in every classroom. But what I learned most...if students have choice, they will read. Notice I am not calling it independent reading...it is more "eyes on print" time. Students need time to read and students want time to read.
In, Pathways to the Common Core, it states...
|Pathways to the Common Core|
My belief is that students need time to read, they need choice, they need to collect information about their reading life so they can reflect on what type of reader they are and what they need, and they need a Next Stack of books. Students also need to be encouraged to "think deeply" about this reading...wait till I post #2 tomorrow on that one! :)
Time to Read and Choice:
|My Status record sheet.|
|Reading Graph...the "on pause" column is completely to the right,|
but I could not get it in my picture.
We spend a week gathering books for our Next Stack. Students store 5-6 books in their reading tubs. They are not held to these titles, but it saves time and often is motivation, to go to the Next Stack when a book is completed. At anytime a student can lose interest in a book, swap a book, add a book, etc...But the goal is that a stack of books are waiting for them and they have the choice to determine what is next.
One student said it best on her reflection form:
"I liked reading by myself. I liked reading by myself because I love to sit down and read a book and I am into it and it makes me happy. Another reason I liked it is when you are reading by yourself you can keep going on and on."