Discovering the Relevance of Words
For the last several years I’ve been using Mondays as a Reading Day in my classroom. Not only is it a nice reprieve from the weekend, but it allows me to see what my students are interested in reading, and whether or not they can follow the simple instruction of “bring reading material to class on Monday.” It’s a very easy 10-point day for them – if they bring a book, and read that book, they receive 10 points for the day; if they don’t bring a book, they get fewer points, depending on how they spend their day.
I’ve never understood why it is so difficult for students to follow through with something like Reading Day. I don’t have a strict “you can only read this type of material” guideline. In fact, students are allowed to bring in absolutely anything that will interest them, and keep them reading for 50 minutes. Realistically, 50 minutes, for many of them, is the longest amount of time they have read consistently in the last few years – if not their entire lives.
Some of my students bring in technical manuals, or how-to-guides, or comic books, or newspapers. I’m fine with it all. Not everyone is going to sit down to read a novel. No one should be forced to read something that truly doesn’t interest them.
This leads me to today’s QOTD:
What are you currently reading?