RE 5040 Fall 2011
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crousejs
Re: response to Whitney
Fri Dec 16, 2011 00:15
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I have never taught a class before with 14 boys. And having 14 boys all fixated on dinosaurs, sharks, Superman, and Cars 2 is a lot different (and out numbering) my girls’ interests. I didn’t have any trouble in picking up what my boys wanted to read about- they had many, many, many conversations about why they wanted to read books. We did a big “Bat” unit during Halloween and I used the Directed Reading Thinking Activity (DRTA) with Non-Fiction texts- it was amazing to see what they boys could dive into and generate questions for because they wanted to know everything. After Christmas break, I would like to incorporate book clubs into my room because I actually have some independent readers now. It will be interesting to see where they can take their level of understanding once they are motivated to read based on what they like- same for the girls too.

  • response to Whitney - Lori Vestal, Thu Nov 24 11:26
    I do think part of the success of the boys club is because we let the boys have some say so in what they read. I think this gave them a sense of ownership in their learing.
    • Re: response to Whitney - crousejs, Fri Dec 16 00:15
    • Re: response to Whitney - whitney fisher, Tue Dec 13 18:00
      It is so hard to let students choose their books during reading groups. I ended up choosing a couple of books that matched the group's reading level and had the students choose from those books. It... more
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RE 5040 Fall 2011