I'm doing well with the intervention, but something is missing.
It's been five weeks, and I haven't figured out who my students are as readers.
Ask any staff member in my building about anyone in my class. They will tell you they know what kind of readers I have in my class:
The kids who don't read. The kids who don't know where their library books are. The kids who check out a book and return it the next week, unread. The kids who don't ever take an Accelerated Reader test. Ever. The kids who pretend to read. The kids who may never succeed in school. The kids everyone shakes their head at.Sigh.
What's a teacher to do? I promised my principal that I would implement this intervention with fidelity. I would spend the entire afternoon using the intervention and delivering the instruction the way it was written.
I might have to ask for some forgiveness. I've been starting the afternoon with some independent reading. Some kids have jumped right in and read (or "read") for the whole ten minutes. Some kids are reading for most of the time, but they usually have their eyes on others and their mouth open, talking.
All kids are holding a book for ten minutes. You have to start somewhere, right?
I'm their literacy teacher. I must figure out ways to get the right books in their hands and inspire them to try reading. It's my job. It's essential.