December 14, 2013
Ruth Ayers has encouraged us to CELEBRATE more often, so this week, I'm joining in!
As a reading intervention teacher, I work hard to grow readers in my classroom. I always have more than a handful of students who tell me right away, "You know, I hate to read."
My response runs from "We need to find you the right kind of book!" to "I understand ... I'm no good at running, so I hate to run."
I encourage students to read at home everyday, but for a variety of reasons, it's something that doesn't happen. Instead of being discouraged, I "hired" book buddies.
I visited two 4th grade rooms and described the book buddy position. I encouraged students to sign up if they felt they could do a good job.
"Do I have to be a great reader?" one asked.
"No, you need to be a great listener," I replied.
I had to pull names from a hat when the volunteer list came back. I was so tickled to see the long list of names. My first and second grade students were impatient once they saw I had a list of names.
"Who do I get? Is it a boy?"
"I can read with three girls, really!"
"Can't we start TODAY?"
This was our first week of reading with buddies. I'm already seeing a difference in my resource students' confidence and stamina. I won't beat myself up for not thinking of this sooner, but why didn't I think of this sooner?
December can be a stressful and hectic month. I'm grateful to have something simple -- yet making a big impact -- to celebrate!