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QOTD – September 16 – What Are You Reading?

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?

About Christopher Margolin

Chris Margolin spent more than a decade in Education as a high school English teacher, and is now an Instructional Coach for the Longview School District. He is also the founder of The Poetry Question, an online journal which focuses on reviews of small press poetry publications, and runs a regular series called "The Power of Poetry," where notable poets share their personal stories of how poetry has affected their lives. Margolin resides in Vancouver, Washington with his wife, and daughter.

3 comments on “QOTD – September 16 – What Are You Reading?

  1. Stephanie Didenko
    September 16, 2013

    Im ready one of your books. A book about a group of people in a club called thr Identity club where they take the identities of their favorite artists & have to live like them & die when they die.

  2. Iona Nerissa
    September 16, 2013

    I am reading several things at the moment: Anne Sexton’s Love Poems, How-to books on fiction writing, and I just started reading The Three Musketeers this morning.

  3. J. Gabriel Allan
    September 16, 2013

    All New X-Men, Uncanny X-Men, Savage Wolverine, Superior Spider-Man, Superior Foes of Spider-Man, Superior Spider-Man Team Up, Mighty Avengers, The Walking Dead, A Storm of Swords, and High School Musical Libretto…

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