My classroom is not a quiet, orderly place.
Students are constantly moving, thinking, talking, reading and writing.
I do my best to help my students find success.

September 11, 2012

Motivating Readers

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The reading team at our elementary school is trying something new this year.  We are trying to send one main message to staff and students about reading.  Our LRC director was kind and gave us the first chunk of lab time to deliver our message (thanks, Lynn!). Here are our talking points:
Notice our enthusiasm!

  • Reading is great!  
  • Find good fit books! 
  • Read anywhere, anytime! 
  • Read the genres you like, but don't be afraid to try new genres! 
  • AR points are good for tracking reading, but don't worry too much about the points! 
  • Talk with your friends about what you read!
  • Ask people (adults and kids) about good books!
  • Keep reading!
I've been really pleased by how many students want to contribute to the discussion.  When we ask the students to talk with a neighbor about where and what they like to read, the room starts buzzing with conversation.  When we've asked for examples of genres, the kids know what we are talking about.  

Can you imagine what will happen in the classrooms where the teacher continues the conversation, and builds a community of readers?

I can't wait to find out!!!


  1. I can't either! I think we are finally leaning away from the focus on points! Yeah! Happy reading my friend.

  2. We imagine... keep us posted on your reality!