RE 5040 Fall 2011
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Ruth Ann Timmons
Re: Response to Boys' Reading Interest
Sun Dec 11, 2011 21:14
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I think it can be difficult to keep students (boys & girls) engaged and motivated in general, if their opinion isn't taken into account. I find if I don't continuously switch the books in my book baskets, being sure to include some of the class favorites voted on from read aloud time, that they lose interest and can become unmotivated to read.

  • Response to Boys' Reading Interest - beasleycm, Sat Dec 3 12:24
    Nice job on your presentation and research! I think many teachers have a hard time with engaging boys in reading. I like the idea of a book club and having the boys discuss it. I have some girls who... more
    • Re: Response to Boys' Reading Interest - Ruth Ann Timmons, Sun Dec 11 21:14
    • Reply - Kara Scott, Mon Dec 5 18:21
      Most of my girls read above grade level and as I am moving them into small chapter books I am thinking about using this process with them too.
    • reply - sarah hutson, Sun Dec 4 17:52
      Yes, I think it would work with girls as well. As classroom teachers, we try not to divide them into groups of all boys and all girls, but dividing them based on interests for book clubs may be the... more
      • dividing class - Amanda Solesbee, Wed Dec 7 23:17
        I agree and disagree a little- I first had some book clubs based off of only interest...and the discussion at the 5th grade level was not what it should have been, and I had a lot of misbehaving.... more
      • Re: reply - Nakita Carson, Wed Dec 7 19:38
        I agree completely! There have been studies done which speak to how different boys and girls are. We read this book for a book study a few years ago titled Why Gender Matters by Leonard Sax. It was... more
        • Splitting by gender - Rachel Hicks, Tue Dec 13 19:24
          I have a friend that has actually taught in a school where the classes are grouped by gender. She taught 3rd grade girls and she loved it. The type of stories that they read and the conversations... more
          • Re: Splitting by gender - whitney fisher , Tue Dec 13 22:37
            That would be a really interesting experience! I think in some ways it is helpful to have the gender differences. Boys and girls learn in different ways so sometimes they teach each other a strategy... more
          • Re: Splitting by gender - Nakita Carson, Tue Dec 13 19:33
            I think I would LOVE the chance to teach just a classroom of girls! That would be such an enlightening experience!
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RE 5040 Fall 2011