Sunday, June 17, 2007

importance of Reading

Reading is exceptionally important to becoming a better communicator. I know how hard that is to convey and persuade high school kids to believe. So I plan on pushing them into a bit. As part of an ongoing assignment I am going to require my students to read one book each quarter. I found this site that divides up book recomendations for girls and guys of high school age. What do you think would be the best way to assess this? I was thinking I could create a few choices so my students at least feel like they have some control. Any thoughts?

Aug 14, 2007

I introduced the idea of one outside novel per quarter and of course heard the collective groans. I decided to pull students to my desk one at a time. I'm letting them peruse the approved reading list and use the computer to research the book reading reviews and excerpts to aide in the selection process. So far- every student I've pulled aside has made a selection. More importantly, I got zero attitude about the process. I'm hoping I'll have nearly every student assigned to a title by this time next week. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.